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SpaceX Falcon 9 crashes into sea in dramatic video of failed landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 crashes into sea in dramatic video of failed landing

"We have had a great liftoff", said SpaceX commentator John Insprucker, as the Falcon 9 rocket soared into the sunny, blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:16 pm [1816 GMT], carrying 5,600 pounds [2,500 kilograms] of gear.

Musk also tweeted a video from on board the booster, showing the rocket spinning uncontrollably until it regained stability at the last moment, but missed the landing pad. After suffering from an apparent malfunction in one of its grid fins, the booster fell into the sea - but remained intact and will be retrieved. Earlier this week, the company launched 64 satellites (and a art project known as the Orbital Reflector) in what was the largest rideshare mission in history.

SpaceX has launched its unmanned Dragon cargo capsule, propelling its payload to the International Space Station (ISS) despite a post-launch failure affecting the first-stage rocket. SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies has arrived at the International Space Station.

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The owner of SpaceX Elon Musk on this occasion, wrote on Twitter that a bad landing caused by a problem with a hydraulic pump.

The first-stage rockets have a 84 percent recovery rate, according to the company. 'Ships en route to rescue Falcon'. It was the first time a Falcon 9 booster had failed to make a ground landing.

The effort is aimed at reducing the cost of launches by re-using expensive components, instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after each mission. It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough to be captured by the space station's robot arm. The mice and their habitat were loaded into spacecraft shortly before launch, but the spoiled food had to be replaced ahead of launch.