Last Wednesday, Space X, a company that is owned by billionaire Elon Musk, sent a rocket that is aimed towards the International Space Station to deliver Christmas dinner to the astronauts who are in orbit.
The rocket brought helpings of cranberry sauce, turkey, a fruitcake, and candied yams to give the crew a chance to enjoy their Christmas as they might have back on Earth.
The Associated Press reported that the rocket also carried 36,000 worms and 40 mice to help the researchers with age and muscle studies.
Earlier this week, three astronauts arrived at the space station. They are set to join another three who are scheduled to leave on the 20th of December.
The Space X rocket that is carrying the food and other equipment flew out of the atmosphere of the earth, however, its booster fell away. It missed its landing zone and dropped into the sea.
On Twitter, Elon Musk, the boss of Space X, tweeted: “Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea. Appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data. Recovery ship dispatched.”
It is considered the first time in 13 attempts that a booster of Space X has missed a ground landing, however, it has fallen short during the landings on floating barges many times in the past.
Hans Koenigsmann, the vice president of Space X, said that the booster had deliberately aimed for the sea to avoid built-up areas after it sensed a problem.
He said to AP: “Public safety was well protected here,”
Space X has been transporting various supplies to the International Space Station for Nasa for six years. It expects to start launching crew members into orbit starting next year.
Regardless of the mishap, the Dragon capsule fulfilled the primary purpose of the mission after it soared into orbit with 2,500 kilograms of cargo onboard.