SpaceX Launches Dragon to the ISS - 1st Stage Does Not Land Successfully [Updated]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launch.

Today's launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 to the International Space Station (ISS) on its fifth commercial resupply (CRS-5) was successful. The Dragon spacecraft is safely in orbit heading towards a Monday rendezvous with the ISS. The SpaceX attempt of landing the first stage on the drone ship was not successful.

While the Falcon 9 first stage did reach the SpaceX Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship, a milestone in of itself, the landing was hard according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and the result was the first stage was in pieces.

Musk tweeted the following comments shortly after the landing attempt:

The odds of success on the first attempt were never good. SpaceX will take the positives and lessons learned and try again at some point this year.

For NASA, its customer, the mission of launching Dragon and its much needed cargo to the ISS, was successful.

We'll post more details of the as they become available.

12:20 p.m. EST: More tweets from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk

Images of damage to the SpaceX Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship. Click for larger images.
SpaceX Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

SpaceX Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

SpaceX Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship


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