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The Falcon 9 rocket's first stage will attempt a landing at SpaceX's site along the coast, Landing Zone 1.

SpaceX launched the holiday shipment on a Falcon 9 rocket, which pierced the clear, chilly sky. The ship made it into space just fine, but the reusable rocket stage that was supposed to have a soft landing on dry land ended up splashing down in the ocean instead.

Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea.

If what Musk says proves true, the rocket is certainly wet but not much worse for the wear after the landing and will be recovered which is pretty damn impressive. The Dragon capsule, which previously traveled to the Space Station in February 2017, will be loaded with almost three tons of equipment, food, spare parts and scientific experiments. 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. More food had to be rushed in from California. CEO Elon Musk further noted that Falcon 9 B1050 - despite landing in the ocean - was intact and still transmitting telemetry, potentially allowing SpaceX to still recovery the forlorn rocket.

Also, a new robotic refueling mission traveling with the Dragon spacecraft called Robotic Refueling Mission-3 (RRM-3) will practice transferring and storing liquid methane in space for the first time.

Add that SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 mostly meet the criteria of NASA for manned flights.

It's Christmas, even if you are located millions of miles away from the earth, into the space.

Forty mice depend on the food for the Rodent Research-8 project, which studies aging.

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space. It's a badge of honor on the @SpaceX Dragon capsule, launching today! The newest residents will remain on board for six months, while the others will return to Earth on December 20.

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

Astronaut Anne McClain, also from NASA, will monitor telemetry during the spacecraft's approach.

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