SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

The mission launched successfully but the reusable booster missed sticking the landing due to a stalled hydraulic pump. Now, ships are en route to rescue Falcon from the water.

After a one day delay caused by moldy mice food, the latest SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft lifted off Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The craft was on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Dragon will now soon arrive at the Space Station Saturday carrying more than 5,600 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware. Unfortunately, SpaceX suffered a malfunction when a grin fin hydraulic pump stalled and Falcone landed out to sea.

SpaceX CEO and lead designer Elon Musk tweeted that the reusable booster was undamaged and appeared to be transmitting data. He also tweeted a video of the booster's water landing.

IE will continue to update this story as it unfolds. 

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