Weather Could Cause Delay of SpaceX Cargo Mission Launch to ISS

After mice food delay, SpaceX set for space station resupply launch Wednesday

Watch live: After delay, SpaceX to launch space station resupply mission

The launch was delayed for a day after NASA discovered that the food for the mouse-tronauts was moldy because of contamination.

Falcon 9 successfully launched into orbit 64 satellite. In that return, the Dragon will bring back equipment and experiments for analysis - including, most likely, 20 mice and millions of worms.

LZ 1 was built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 13, a Cold War-Era U.S. Air Force rocket and missile testing range last used in 1978.

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It is the first reflight of a Falcon 9 booster for a third time.

Remarkably, the rocket stabilized and was able to land in water as opposed to crashing and possibly exploding on land. According to, if all goes according to plan, the Dragon will reach the space station three days from now, and the ISS crew can start unpacking the load.

By now, it's routine for the Falcon 9 rocket first stages to make dramatic upright landings a few miles from their launch pads or out at sea on barges. Falcon 9's first stage for the SSO-A previously supported the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission in May 2018 and the Merah Putih mission in August 2018. The single engine powering the second stage then was expected to ignite to continue the Dragon's climb to orbit. "Recovery ship dispatched", Musk wrote, latter adding: "We may use it for an internal SpaceX mission".

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Company SpaceX is really surprising even those fans of space technologies that are sufficiently well versed in them - today, the talented team proved once again that the vision of Elon musk for renewable in the use of missiles is becoming more and more form. Coverage of Dragon's rendezvous with the space station will begin at about 2:00 a.m. PST, or 10:00 UTC, on Saturday, December 8. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space.

The CRS-16 mission is SpaceX's fourth resupply flight to the space station this year, but the first daytime launch in several months. The new crew members will assist in the docking of the Dragon cargo ship. Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June.

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