Spacex first stage reaches the barge but landing was too hard – ISS mission was success

SpaceX lofted a Dragon cargo capsule on its way to the International Space Station early Saturday, but a highly anticipated attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket booster on an ocean platform ended with the stage smashing into the barge. The primary mission though was to place a Dragon capsule in orbit that is carrying more than 5,000 pounds of food, supplies and science experiments to the station and its six-person crew.

SpaceX could follow as soon as Jan. 29 with another Falcon 9 launch of a government science satellite, and possibly another landing attempt, if the drone ship can be repaired quickly.

Before Picture of Drone spaceport ship heading to its hold position in the Atlantic to prepare for a rocket landing

SOURCES – Twitter, Spacex, Detroit Free Press