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SpaceX Booster Veers Off Course

Photo: Rick Glasby
SpaceX Booster Heads for Ocean

SpaceX successfully launched a cargo ship to the International Space Station on December 5th.  Over 5,600 pounds of supplies, experiments, and equipment will arrive in a few days.

Shortly after launch, the first stage booster was headed for a landing on the tip of Cape Canaveral.  Cameras showed the booster rotating out of control.  SpaceX confirmed "an anomaly" in the fins that guide the rocket back to Earth.  An automatic system within the booster sensed the problem, and sent the booster toward a "water landing" in the Atlantic.