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Dragon Capsule malfunctions after Falcon 9 launch, SpaceX live tweets

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   March 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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The Falcon 9 rocket by private space contractor SpaceX launched successfully at 10:10 a.m. EST Friday on a NASA resupply mission to the International Space Station.


Twelve minutes into the mission, however, after the rocket had successfully carried the Dragon Capsule and its cargo into orbit, there was a malfunction in the craft's thrusters. At this point the SpaceX live web feed shut down and founder and CEO Elon Musk began tweeting updates.





A news conference is expected later today with more information. Both previous SpaceX flights, in May and October last year, experienced glitches. In October a Falcon 9 engine shut down led to a satellite being deployed to improper orbit.

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