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Christmas dinner to the International Space Station: NPR



The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket was subject to control issues and a landing zone was missing in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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The first stage of the Falcon 9 missile had control issues and missed a landing zone in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Christmas would not be Christmas without the traditional dinner, even in space.

So on Wednesday a load of smoked turkey breast, cranberry sauce, candied yams and of course fruit pies was blown up to the International Space Station ISS on Saturday probably.

But as the Associated Press reports, the launch was delayed by one day, as the food of some [1945905] of other residents of the station was moldy.

The molds were forty on food grown mice, which were shipped together with 36,000 worms for aging and muscle studies to the space station.

The current crew of the International Space Station consists of two Americans, two Russians, one German and one Canadian. Three of the crew members arrived earlier this week and will stay there for the next six months. The others return home on December 20, with only three remaining for Christmas dinner, without counting the mice and worms.

The 5,600-pound cargo was successfully blasted into space with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX engineers were less satisfied with the first-stage booster, which fell off the Florida coast into the Atlantic and missed the intended landing zone on the ground.

"Rescue ship dispatched" tweeted SpaceX chief Elon Musk


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