Christmas dinner is on its way to the International Space Station

Christmas dinner is on its way to the International Space Station

Christmas dinner is on its way to the International Space Station

The astronauts on board the International Space Station are scheduled to get a nice resupply of goods in the coming days.

SpaceX's success in landing Falcon 9 first stages and reusing them has become so routine that today's failure is newsworthy even though no other commercial space launch company does this at all.

On Wednesday, a holiday shipment carrying Christmas turkey combined with candied yams, cranberry sauce as well as fruitcake was launched to deliver the supplies to ISS (International Space Station).

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

The first stage was previously launched and recovered during missions in May and August as part of a program meant to make the equipment capable of being used 10 or more times without refurbishment.

In an extraordinary bit of live footage, SpaceX's first Falcon 9 Block 5 launch of the Cargo Dragon spacecraft was topped by a spectacular partial failure of the Block 5 booster during its attempted recovery at Landing Zone-1 (LZ-1).

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At the moment of liftoff, the space station was flying 250 miles above the Indian Ocean south of Australia, but the plane of its orbit was sweeping across the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as the Earth rotated under it. According to NASA, the Rocket experiment will test the reliability in space of a dental glue activated by ultraviolet light, while the Groot experiment will explore an alternative method for watering plants in a zero-gravity environment.

It is expected to reach the ISS on Saturday.

The rocket is carrying the Dragon spacecraft in orbit.

See that small space station?

The first stage, meanwhile, was programmed to flip around and restart three engines to reverse course and head back toward Florida. It's a badge of honor on the @SpaceX Dragon capsule, launching today!

The Dragon spacecraft itself should leave the station and head back to Earth in January, according to Kirt Costello, ISS program chief scientist at Johnson Space Center. Kononenko arrived at the station Monday along with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain.

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