SpaceX launches Falcon 9 capsule from Cape Canaveral, fails to nail rocket landing

SpaceX launches groceries, espresso maker to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX on Tuesday launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying a shipment of space station groceries, but the rocket landed on the droneship too hard for survival.

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The unmanned rocket blasted off at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The space station was soaring above Australia, at liftoff time.

SpaceX hoped to land a leftover booster on an ocean platform on the third try, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted out shortly after the launch, "Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival."

Dragon, the SpaceX supply ship, holds more than 4,000 pounds of food, experiments and equipment for the six station astronauts. The delivery should arrive Friday.

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The specially designed espresso machine is for Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. She's been stuck with American instant coffee since fall. The Italians in charge of the project hope to revolutionize coffee-drinking in space.

Monday's launch attempt was foiled by weather.

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