Sea landing bid SpaceX launches

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Published: Saturday 10th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A SpaceX rocket has blasted off with supplies for the International Space Station.

The company is on course to attempt an unprecedented landing on an ocean barge with the leftover booster.

The unmanned Falcon rocket soared into a clear pre-dawn sky at Cape Canaveral, Florida, today.

The primary mission for SpaceX is delivering more than 5,000 pounds of food, experiments and other items ordered by Nasa.

But the California-based company led by billionaire Elon Musk will attempt an even more extraordinary feat once the Dragon cargo ship launches: flying the booster rocket to a platform floating a couple of hundred miles off Florida’s north-eastern coast. A vertical touchdown is the goal.

It is the second attempt this week by SpaceX to launch its Dragon ship. Rocket trouble halted Tuesday’s countdown.

Published: Saturday 10th January 2015 by The News Editor

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