SpaceX Launches Rocket Carrying Christmas Turkey and Fruitcake to the ISS

Dragon Falcon 9 launch CRS-14

Twenty years ago this week, Cabana commanded the shuttle mission that carried up the first US part of the space station. They're away from their families and friends for months on end, don't have access to numerous basic creature comforts we all enjoy, and live on a somewhat limited selection of food... unless, of course, it's Christmas. This launch is scheduled to be the 16 of 20 that SpaceX was contracted to do for NASA.

The spacecraft, riding on a Falcon 9 rocket, lifted off at 1:16 p.m. EST at the Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The landing marked the first time SpaceX had flown a first stage three times. Hans claimed that the water landing was pretty much smooth and today's incident showed how SpaceX's rocket are created to save itself in case if anything goes wrong.

Astronauts who are lucky enough to score a gig aboard the International Space Station make a lot of sacrifices in the name of science.

It will arrive with more than 5,500 pounds of supplies and research to support hundreds of experiments that are happening on board the ISS.

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The Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton, and her husband, James Matthews also attended the ceremony. At the event, the 36-year-old royal gave a touching speech to those whose families were deployed.

SpaceX representatives confirmed the success of Dragon's trip into orbit, adding that they will use telemetry from the Falcon 9's first-stage booster to better understand why it's landing attempt failed. NASA discovered Monday that the food for the mouse-tronauts was mouldy. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space.

The Dragon was the third space station supply ship launched to the station in less than a month. The company expects to start launching station crews next year.

If all goes well, the spacecraft will reach the station around 6 a.m. Saturday morning, pulling up to within about 30 feet and then standing by while station commander Alexander Gerst, operating the lab's robot arm, locks onto a grapple fixture. Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June. The Dragon is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-January. The others return home on December 20, leaving only three for Christmas dinner, not counting the mice and worms.

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