SpaceX launches cargo to space station

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Worm muscles to help astronauts in space

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Worm muscles to help astronauts in space

So a shipment of smoked turkey breast, cranberry sauce, candied yams and, of course, fruitcake was rocketed to the International Space Station Wednesday with delivery expected by Saturday.

SpaceX on Wednesday had trouble sticking the landing with one of its reusable rockets.

The mission is SpaceX's 16th for NASA, as part of a long-term contract to ferry supplies to space.

On Monday afternoon, SpaceX successfully launched a 4.6-ton Dragon cargo spaceship full of supplies and experiments to astronauts in orbit.

SpaceX's 12 previous ground landings - dating back to 2015 - all were successful. It should reach the space station at the weekend.

Musk blamed the failure on a hydraulic pump that pushes out one of the booster's four titanium "grid fins".

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However, the launch was marred by a system failure on the rocket which caused it to land in the sea, instead of on land SpaceX at Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, as planned. It appeared to be undamaged and was transmitting data, Musk said, adding that a recovery ship was sent to retrieve it.

The rocket also carried 40 mice and 36,000 worms to help researchers with age and muscle studies, the Associated Press reported.

Musk also posted the video of the first stage's descent, which showed it spinning as it fell to Earth, how its spin rate was slowly arrested with correctional thrusts, and how it touched down on the ocean and fell sideways into the water. Scientists expect a tenfold increase in the worm population. It turns out their muscles are similar to ours in structure and function, making them ideal lab substitutes, said lead scientist Timothy Etheridge of the University of Exeter in England. The mission, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, delivered a whopping 64 tiny satellites into orbit, which is the most in a single mission in the history of USA spaceflight.

It was initially meant to take off Tuesday, but was delayed for a day after engineers discovered moldy mouse food in one of the science investigations created to study the effect of microgravity on the immune system.

Just two days earlier, three astronauts arrived at the space station to join the three already there. The others return home on December 20, leaving only three for Christmas dinner, not counting the mice and worms.

Watch on NASA TV below, or at NASA's website, or via SpaceX's own webcast.

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