SpaceX set to send cargo to space station

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Falcon 9 rocket first stage booster experiencing control problems and missing a landing zone at Cape Canaveral, Fla.

On board: 670 pounds of food, clothing and other supplies for the station's crew, 2,286 pounds of science equipment and supplies - including 40 rodents - almost 200 pounds of spare parts and other station-related gear, 88 pounds of computer equipment, 33 pounds of spacesuit components and tools and about 25 pounds of Russian cargo.

Smoked turkey breast, cranberry sauce, candied yams, and fruitcake are all on the menu this year, but not all the scientists now on board the spacecraft will be able to enjoy the meal on Christmas eve or day.

Some 5,600 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of food, experiments and other gear is packed onto the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, which will blast off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. The crew-carrying version of Dragon is schedule to fly a test mission next month, and if all goes well, will carry astronauts to the station later in the year in what would be the first crewed flight from US soil since the space shuttles retired in 2011.

Elon Musk later confirmed the issue, saying 'Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea'.

Dragon will now soon arrive at the Space Station Saturday carrying more than 5,600 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware. The company's most recent Falcon 9 first stage landing failure was in June 2016. In the background, viewers could still hear the team on-console making callouts as the rocket's landing burn started, culminating in a call for the landing team to "move to contingency procedure [s]", the only SpaceX affirmation that something went wrong. The Falcon 9 carried to a Sun Synchronous orbit 64 spacecraft, in particular 15 Micro satellites and 49 cubesats, from 34 different organizations from 17 countries. SpaceX is expected to conduct an uncrewed test launch of its passenger craft in 2019 and then conduct its first crewed test later in the year.

The rocket launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but officials chose to delay the launch after inspectors found mold on food bars for an experiment involving lab mice.

After separating from the second stage, and firing its engines to return to Earth, a video camera on board showed the first stage spinning.

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