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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On the job safety extends to space travel

The Space-X launch today illustrates that space travel remain a very hazardous occupation. The launch went well, but the attempt to land the spent rocket stage back of the platform failed. It has been a tough year for NASA, Orbital and Space-X as the mission to privatize space exploration continues.

Whether maned or unmanned the missions involve human beings and those workers need to protected from the hazardous of employment. The attempted soft-landing resulted in a crash landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

"Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched an unmanned Falcon 9 on a resupply mission to the International Space Station but narrowly missed a second attempt to recover the rocket’s first stage.

"The rocket, carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft and 4,300 pounds (1,950 kilograms) of supplies and payloads, rumbled aloft at 4:10 p.m. New York time Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

"'Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival,” Musk said in Twitter posts shortly after the launch. “Looks like Falcon landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over post landing.”

"Space Exploration Technologies Corp. wants to cut the cost of spaceflight by creating reusable rockets. The closely held Hawthorne, California-based company attempted to guide the booster to a vertical touchdown on Just Read the Instructions, a vessel floating hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic Ocean.

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