On January 10 an unmanned rocket created by SpaceX, an exploration technologies corporation, blasted off to deliver a cargo capsule to the International Space Station, but it narrowly failed a test to land itself on a platform in the ocean, according to the company. Spacex has been working on developing a rocket that can be easily refurbished and reflown in order to drastically cut costs and save money. The primary purpose of this launch was to send a Dragon cargo ship on its way to the space station, a $100 billion dollar laboratory that flies approximately 260 miles above the earth. The Dragon capsule is loaded with more than 51,00 pounds of food, supplies, and equipment and this launch was the fifth of twelve planned resupply missions by Spacex under a $1.6 billion dollar contract with NASA. The rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and it is believed that the cause of the failure was due to insufficient amounts of hydraulic fluid in the landing gear.
Contributor: Johanna Hartman