Christ­mas turkey, fruit­cake rock­et­ing to­ward space sta­tion

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. >> Christ­mas turkey rock­eted to­ward the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion on Wed­nes­day, along with cran­berry sauce, candied yams and the oblig­a­tory fruit­cake.

The SpaceX booster missed its land­ing zone on the ground after liftoff, how­ever, and ended up in the sea just a cou­ple of miles off­shore.

Groans filled SpaceX Mis­sion Con­trol in Hawthorne, Cal­i­for­nia, as live video showed the first-stage rocket booster spin­ning out of con­trol, still high above Cape Canaveral. It was the com­pany’s first missed ground land­ing, al­though it has over­shot float­ing barges plenty of times in the past, a tougher feat to pull off.

A SpaceX com­men­ta­tor called it a “bum­mer,” but noted it was sec­ondary to the Fal­con 9 rocket’s main mis­sion of get­ting the Dragon cap­sule to or­bit.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk said the booster ap­peared to be un­dam­aged.

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