Watch SpaceX’s Rocket Spin Wildly, Then Crash Land Into Water After Missing Target

Elon Musk / SpaceX

FLORIDA — (Video Below) — On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, SpaceX launched its sixteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) to the International Space Station. Liftoff occurred at 1:16 p.m. EST, or 18:16 UTC, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The first-stage booster was meant to touch down on land but didn’t hit its target — marking it the company’s first missed ground landing.

Elon Musk tweeted, explaining the mishap, “Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea. Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data. Recovery ship dispatched.”

“Engines stabilized rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water! Ships en route to rescue Falcon.”

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