In Photos: SpaceX's Dragon CRS-16 Cargo Launch and Rocket 'Water Landing'

Rising to Expectations

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon CRS-16 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station on Dec. 5, 2018. Then the booster failed to land and splashed down in the ocean. [Full Story: SpaceX Launches Dragon Cargo Ship to Space Station, But Misses Rocket Landing]

Fantastic Views

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Photographers capture the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Dec. 5, 2018. This launch carried SpaceX's 16th resupply mission to the ISS.

Mission Almost Complete

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Following a successful launch of the 16th resupply mission to the International Space Station, the Falcon 9 rocket booster's first stage, seen here, malfunctioned, causing it to land just off shore in the Atlantic Ocean rather than at its intended target on land. [Watch This SpaceX Rocket Splash Down During Failed Landing Attempt (Videos)]

A Wet Landing

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After the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched, carrying its 16th resupply mission to the ISS on Dec. 5, 2018, the booster's first stage malfunctioned and landed in the Atlantic Ocean instead of planned land target. [Watch This SpaceX Rocket Splash Down During Failed Landing Attempt (Videos)]

Dragon Heads In

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From aboard the Space Station, ESA's Alexander Gerst captures this stunning image of the Dragon capsule making its way to the ISS, carrying much needed supplies and more science experiments. [Full Story: SpaceX Dragon Delivers Cargo (and Christmas Treats) to Space Station]

In Sight of the Station

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SpaceX's Dragon resupply spacecraft begins its approach to the International Space Station. European Space Agency astronaut Alex Gerst captured this view from orbit on Dec. 8, 2018. [Full Story: SpaceX Dragon Delivers Cargo (and Christmas Treats) to Space Station]

Two Stages, One Mission

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At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, a two-stage rocket, sits at the ready at Space Launch Complex 40 on Dec. 5, 2018.

At Full Power

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Boosters on the Falcon 9 rocket triumphantly raise the spacecraft and its payload to space for delivery of its 16th resupply mission carrying supplies to the International Space Station.

Tower's Away

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As the Falcon 9 rocket rises from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, the launch tower falls away to allow for a successful blast off.

Billowing Clouds of Smoke

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As SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket rises from the Launch Complex 40 launch pad, smoke swirls out from the firing engines.

Boosters at Work

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A flame from the Falcon 9's firing engines flashes brightly as the Falcon 9 rocket rises from the Earth. The rocket delivers its 16th resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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