Glitch with SpaceX supply flight appears fixed
SpaceX conducted a successful static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket on February 25, a few days ahead of the March 1 launch.
March 1st, 2013
10:28 AM ET

Glitch with SpaceX supply flight appears fixed

[Updated at 5:19 p.m.] SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule suffered a temporary glitch with its thrusters after it achieved orbit Friday - a development that will delay its arrival at the International Space Station, NASA said.

The Dragon, launched Friday morning atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, had been expected to dock with the space station on Saturday to resupply the station's crew.

But Friday's hiccup will delay docking by at least a day, NASA said.

The Dragon is carrying more than 1,200 pounds of supplies for the crew and the crew's experiments. The supply mission is SpaceX's second of a planned 12 under a contract with NASA.

Shortly after the capsule separated from its rocket, SpaceX determined three of the capsule's four thruster pods - which it would use to reach the station - weren't operating. The problem appeared to be "an issue with a propellant valve," SpaceX spokeswoman Christina Ra said.

SpaceX said that it appeared to have fixed the problem by Friday afternoon.

"Thruster pods one through four are now operating nominally. Preparing to raise orbit. All systems green," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter Friday afternoon.

The California company planned to test Dragon's systems and perform orbital maneuvers Friday evening, NASA said.

SpaceX became the first company to deliver supplies to the station on NASA's behalf in October.

NASA chose SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle and the Dragon spacecraft to resupply the space station in 2008. The space agency has retired its fleet of space shuttles and plans to turn much of its focus toward exploring deep into the solar system.

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    March 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
  3. Matt

    Way to go SpaceX! Fixing a problem after the capsule is already in orbit is a REALLY impressive task! Keep up the GREAT work!

    March 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • Richie

      I'm picking up on some sarcasm, Matthew.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
      • Matt

        No sir.. After reading my comment again, I do sound a little trollish.

        I was genuinely impressed by Spacex;s feat..

        March 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  4. pandoras.block


    March 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • That's WAY Too Sick to Be Believed

      That's just too sick to be believed.

      Just Photoshop her head onto a scanned image of Miss March. Cheaper and just as useful for you.

      March 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • pbernasc

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      March 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • bad bob the albino

      I've got the picture. Just send me the money first.

      March 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
  5. Jgarcia

    How about CNN actually update their article! The problem is fixed and everything is working nominally. Instead of people bashing SpaceX and saying how they can't do it, given them some credit for having the ability to create a system that can be fixed in flight and still achieve mission success. This is not a failure, but an amazing success and if anything this should give people more confidence that they know how to work through their issues.

    March 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • RMKzoo

      Space-X is neither a govenrnment agency nor a "union shop", so CNN has not been instructed by the central planning bureau to report anything about them in a positive light.

      Not much different at the official Democratic Party outlet (MSNBC).

      March 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
      • airider

        Glad to see some parts of America still have the pride and perseverance to pull off feats of amazing engineering. The bulk of America is a quagmire of uninspired ticket punchers…hope a renewed space race can pull us out of this rut…

        March 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
      • Kmac499

        They have to be Commies. In the Beck thought method one has to focus on the name "Dragon". Now there has been the myth of Dragons in many societies but not as dominate as in Asia. And since Chinese are Asian and we know that dragons are very important to the myths of China and the Capsule is named "Dragon" they all must be Commie rocket sciencetist. Thank god for Beck.

        March 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
      • John

        The delusional paranoids are out in force today. You should think about changing your username to the more accurate RMKcuckoo.

        March 2, 2013 at 12:19 am |
    • rico7207

      It's a total waste of money. The whole programme. They can't even fix a budget down here and are wasting money on space. Whoever endorses wasting $$on space, are spaced.

      March 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
      • rbee

        There's one in every NASA spin off might learn something.

        March 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
      • DanBun

        Spending about 1/2 of 1% of the federal budget on NASA is not that much. And a tiny portion of that is being used by the space agency to support and pay for commercial launches.
        Nations that put effort into exploration, research and development, and knowledge for knowledge's sake are the nations that lead. And they rightfully benefit from their investments in the future.
        You seem to prefer that we let others lead in space exploration. Would you prefer us to become the Portugal of the 21st century?

        March 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
    • Craig

      Purely as a point of reference, the story might also point out that NASA has repeatedly had "failures" of this sort and that they too were sometimes able to "fix" things while in flight. Just look at the history of John Glenn's first flight. He lost thrusters several times, and landed with a bare minimum of propellant left in the manual system. The idea that something can go wrong in very complex systems is not new. The key is how the systems are designed to deal with that. If I'm not mistaken, Curiosity just switched to the "B" computer while they try to work out an issue with the "A" computer. Is that a big deal? Yes, and no. No, because they have the backups, and the ability to diagnose and respond to the problem. Yes, because it means the 100% redundency has been cut. In any case, the mission is still "on" and the rover is making progress. It's the same with private industry.

      March 1, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
  6. iRex

    Rocket ships are so passe, we should be building a Space Elevator.

    March 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • move_on

      A great idea who's time has not yet come at a meaningful cost. From what I have heard, one problem is cost effective manufacturing of carbon nano tubes. And they are working on that. Until then, we'll have to stick to books like those from Arthur C Clarke.

      March 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
  7. james

    Why don't they just use a giant rubber band, it's cheaper that way.

    March 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  8. justmeanddog

    Ok so if it comes hurtling back down can we call it a “Mr. Ren’s Cargorite”. In honor of the brilliant guy who named Marijuana shot over the Mexican border Weedeorite.

    March 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  9. Will S

    ...just send up the Shuttle to fix it...oh, wait...

    March 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • phearis

      The shuttles are 35 year old technology. Sorry but most people don't even have cars that old. In about 10 years, the Orion X-33 will be ready and everyone's knickers won't be in a twist anymore.

      March 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
      • phearis

        * Orion AND X-33

        March 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
      • Dennis

        Orion has a new name, and the X-33/VentureStar idea was scrapped.

        March 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
      • massetman

        Amazing 35 years ago we had the technology to build a re-usable space plane, and in 10 years we will have the technology to launch a space capsule to the moon (oh that was mid 1960's technology) go figure. Something not right here.

        March 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
      • BThorn

        We have the technology now, phearis. What we lack is the will.

        March 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
  10. joshp85

    Space is the next frontier. We need to explore and expand our civilization. Space will create jobs and a booming economy once it has been established. Consider the internet and how the government had spent the initial money to set it up and now it is completely private. Space will follow.

    And SpaceX has corrected the problem!!!!

    March 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Bob

      SpaceX will not succeed. Even though they are receiving the benefit of NASA's many years of experience money and infrustructure, they cannot hope to achieve the Quality.

      March 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
      • Montello

        Space-X has succeeded, and at a cost NASA can't even dream about.

        March 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  11. S1n

    I hope they have collision insurance.

    March 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • Dave

      Yeah, but you should see the deductible.

      March 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
  12. garwin1

    We should just get out of the space game completely and leave it to private enterprise.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • seekingme

      Fortunately SpaceX is private enterprise. So...Your hopes came true faster than you thought! 🙂

      March 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
      • jose

        SpaceX is Privatized....the International space station it's going to meet, and carry supplies to, Is not.

        March 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • Tatts

      SpaceX IS a private enterprise, brainiac.

      Ugh. Stop watching Faux Nooz and learn something.

      March 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • Um...

      Clearly, you are a fool.

      March 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • Ken

      But Rush said....

      March 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
      • Brett

        Yeah...because it's the Conservatives and Republicans that keep wanting to cut NASA funding...

        March 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • Dennnn

      Are you implying that we should stop foreign aid to India? Outside of North Korea, they are the only ones with their hearts and Rupees in the Space game and they (India) need space for their extra populations and North Korea needs it to hide the bodies .....sorry, not really

      March 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • DanBun

      Private enterprise can do some things well, such as launches.
      But they have little to no interest in sending scientific probes to the planets.
      Private business is good at space exploitation, but we need NASA (and the ESA, JAXA, etc.) for space exploration.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
  13. ScottCA

    So we are just one malfunction more away from this thing taking out the space station along with it.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • Frank

      That....That's false. Very false.

      March 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • forsoothe

      no, we're one malfunction away from having the cargo capsule stuck in a low orbit without the ability to get anywhere near the ISS

      March 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
      • Arrg

        And probably an uncontrolled reentry.

        March 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
  14. ChitownArt

    Guess this won't be in the Siemens commercial.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  15. Stayhome

    We need to explore the deep waters of our planet before spending billions of dollars on space. We already have the technology but are lacking in the money to fund the exploration. Who really thinks there is anything of value on Mars for us to use, or profit from based on the money invested and the dangers involved to get there and back.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • JD

      By your comment, you obviously do not understand the technological ‘spinsoffs’ associated with our space program.

      March 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Tico73

      Yeah, since we haven't done enough destruction to wildlife and environnement superficially already, we need to find new habitats to explore, exploit and destroy.

      March 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • John

      You are completely incorrect although I agree the oceans are important there is NOTHING more important that space exploration and colonization. First of all go outside on a clear night outside a big city and look up yes we LIVE IN space during the day the sun's light illuminates the atmospheres gasses and it fools us into forgetting we are in space we travel thru space. We need to know what is out there, detect dangers and find ways of protecting ourselves from them. We also need to get as many people as we can out into space because one day and it will happen something will come along that we cannot protect the earth from and then all the things we ever did here on the surface of our sphere will mean nothing if we are all wiped out in an instant so NO I dont agree with that sort of thinking, we could spend all our resources on the surface and below the surface of the oceans only to one day have it all end and be wiped out without a trace we were ever here, thats madness, space is more important than anything else, its time the human race grows up and pays attention to the neighborhood we are traveling through.

      March 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
      • HB

        How do you sleep at night with such apocalyptic fears in your mind?:)
        Space exploration and deep sea exploration are both important even without those fears. It is just that organizations with funding are more interested in space.

        March 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
      • Another John

        Well good if you know about the future threats to the earth then you know no where else we go is any safer in the end – where are we going to go when Andromeda crashes into the milky way? Besides, it has already been decided that birth control for all takes precedence over silly things like space (or even life saving medicine).

        March 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
      • schwarzfuss

        @Another John,

        What makes you so certain that when two galaxies collide it's a huge problem?

        Actually, in all likelihood, to the best of our knowledge, when we intersect with Andromeda, we will pass right through each other. ever think how BIG the space between stars/planets are compared to the size of the stars/planets themselves?

        March 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • HA25

      Given that Stephen Hawking thinks we should be doing all we can to explore space and establish a presence for the survival of our species – I'm gonna go ahead and back him over Mr. Stayhome anonymous blogger... John is correct.

      March 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Craig

      An interesting observation. However, perhaps you've been sleeping lately, because we know a whole bunch more about the oceans and how they work precisely because we can look at them from space! In fact, the greatest knowledge we've gained in the last 50 years has been space-based analysis of the oceans and our lands also. It's not an either-or.

      March 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
    • DanBun

      To quote an old Russian: Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in the cradle forever.
      Exploring the oceans is an important and useful effort. But not at the expense of space exploration.
      Instead of having to choose between the two, why not simply do both?
      Exploration always proves to be an investment in the future.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Ken Knerr

    Have you disengaged the external inertial dampener?

    March 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • todd

      No they forgot to reverse the polarity because the flux capacitor was offline.

      Seriously, they need to leave the launching to NASA or the Soyuz.

      March 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
      • rizzo

        Actually, their launches are usually really good, and NASA's track record isn't 100% either. Also they sadly have more money than NASA at this point I think:(

        March 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
      • concernedcitizen

        We should leave it to NASA... oh wait all their spending was cut...thanks Obama!

        March 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
      • Kelly

        These "commercial" companies actually get most of their funding for these missions through NASA awarded contracts. It's around 90%, according to the talk Mike Griffin gave the other night.

        March 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Mark

      Well, if you can't duck it. . .

      March 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • GAW

      Ok Mr Spock.

      March 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
  17. Brett

    Docking has been delayed, will not take place tomorrow now that have missed the window to get the thrusters back online.

    March 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  18. dude

    Is the valve made in China?

    March 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • mr emu

      No, but the copy of it was!

      March 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • bad bob the albino

      It's the sequester. Not only is the sky falling, but the effects of gravity have been reduced by 5%. Wait,....I guess that means the sky will fall SLOWLY.

      Seriously, great job by the civilian space industry. There is nothing like gazing into the night sky.

      March 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
  19. Lofty

    Just to straighten the record. The Commander of the present crue is the CANADIAN Chris Hadfield (Check it and you will confirm on any NON US network)

    March 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Mike

      Wrong...Hadfield will become the commander when Expedition 34 leaves.

      March 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
  20. Matt Colver

    Picture perfect launch. Too bad they're having problems with the Spacecraft.

    March 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  21. black hoe


    March 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • Canada

      it's a dead language for a reason.

      March 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • bad bob the albino

      Semper ubi sub ubi

      March 1, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
  22. Sarcasm, I hope

    Might want to wait on the booking of flights til they figure out how to do it!

    March 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • David Riegler

      When there are actually humans aboard, problems like this will be able to be handled manually. Heck, we blew out the entire side of the service module on Apollo 13 from an oxygen tank exploding and all three astronauts made it home alive. Don't underestimate the problem-solving ingenuity of our astronaut corps.

      March 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
      • David Riegler

        Update: all four thrusters are now operational, two are online, and the other two will be shortly. Dragon is now a fully operational bird. So, I guess it wouldn't matter if the astronauts were aboard or not; Dragon is a good ship.

        March 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
      • Alfonzo Bolla

        Don't underestimate the mortality of our astronaut corps. Why risk a human's life when a robot can most likely do the job?

        March 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
  23. WallahEd

    Went to the Cape this morning to see the launch. Beautiful! Made me proud.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Sarah

      Why were you proud, did you have anything to do with the design, creation or launch?

      March 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
      • sam

        You're acting like a snot because...?

        March 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
      • Eric


        I often wonder who people like you are when I am out in society. Why are you negative? Do you hate your life or were you neglected? You should see a mental health professional. I'm so sick of negative morons in this country.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
      • Buck

        Because we are Americans.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
      • Robert

        You, madam, must be dying for a vinegar and water!

        March 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
      • mslch

        Thanks for your honesty Buck.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
      • mslch

        Sarah, "Why were you NOT proud, JUST BECAUSE YOU did NOT have anything to do with the design, creation or launch?"

        Reminder, proud because our land affords us the opportunity to be like Mr. Elon Musk, launching rockets and exploring space, and that's just one example!

        Heck, I don't even need thing in such scale to be proud! Every time I see a jumbo jet flying overhead, knowing that a 911 call will bring the best people to my side, to pick up a car and drive to the beach, to pack up and move to another city, to visit a national park at anytime, and ..... being able to drink water coming out from pretty much any faucet!

        I'm sorry that you were never had an opportunity to learn to dream and be amazed!

        March 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
      • jimdog33

        Cynical much?

        March 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
      • WallahEd

        BTW: there were thousands of cars parked on 528 this am watching the launch. Spaceflight still holds its magic.

        March 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
      • Juliemac

        I flew from NY to FL to watch the last flight of Discovery. It was mind blowing. The people, the noise, the technology.
        I stood in awe of all of the thousands of people who had a hand in designing the machines, the materials, the foods and other sciences that made it possible for them to ride to orbit.
        Just stunning and YES, as an American, I was proud.
        But then I am an engineer AND a geek. I understand how difficult it is to get that much weight to orbit, keep it there and return safely.

        March 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
      • Bob

        excellent comment Sarah! Very few are involved.

        March 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
      • move_on

        We're tax payers and Americans. Does that count?

        March 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
      • Dave

        What an utter ass you are, Sarah.

        March 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
      • bad bob the albino

        Why do you want to pizz in the guy's corn flakes?

        March 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
  24. Sivick

    the age of private space flights is here! I can't wait to book a moon orbital vacation.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Bob

      and I will speak highly of you at your funeral.

      March 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  25. Desert Tortoise

    According to a near real time transcript of events on the SpaceX website, Thruster Pod 3 is pressurized, the solar panels deployed and Thruster Pods 2 and 4 are being pressurized now. What CNN missed is that this craft had a manual back up to initialize the thruster pods if the automated system balked. That manual back up is being implimented now.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • Jason

      You actually expect CNN to report the whole story and get things right? It wouldn't be as sensationalized then.

      March 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • George Washington

      Explain the "Manual" back up works on an unmanned ship?
      Is there a string attached that they can pull ?

      March 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
      • Kevin

        The automattic systems are programed into Dragon's computer, and take actions based on a script being run. The "manual" backup is from a command sent by ground control. It's considered manual because it is something being activated by a one time command as oppsed to a computerized check list.

        March 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
      • Bob

        Really Kevin? I love the way you guys reinvent words and definitions.

        March 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
  26. Joe Mama

    Yeah I'm so angry to see a US company leading the way in private spaceflight. And Musk's other company makes me mad too. A US startup car company leading a new direction in automotive technology that the rest of the World's automakers started to follow. Darn US innovation! Let's get back to shifting virtual money around and leave the boring innovation stuff to others.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  27. Jeff

    And a private company wants to send a human to Mars?? lol.

    It will be a lot like watching NASCAR for the crashes.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Petercha

      Gimme a break. Government space vehicles have had far more problems, some of them fatal.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
      • Mike

        Well, remember that for the US and Europe at least, the government may spec the vehicle and pay for it, but they are all designed and built by private companies. The difference here is that SpaceX developed their systems for the commercial market rather than for a government specification.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • Us

      I can do it too – but it will be one way only

      March 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • Chick-fil-A

      Tea Party Patriots watch nascar because they like shiny metal objects that go around in circles.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
      • ron

        lol yea– MMMMHMMMMM gonna go REAL fast...mmm..hmmm then turn to the LEFT.... den we gonna go reall fast...mmmhmmm.. and turn to the left.... lol Nascar is a joke

        March 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
      • Jim Madison

        Then I suggest you move to France and indulge in their far superior tax system and watch shiney cars zip around a squiggly circuit instead.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Mark

      Obviously space travel is complex – this game of trying to pretend the public sector or private sector do it better is just typical politics – it also negates that NASA uses A LOT of private contractors.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • bigcheze

      I will assume you are just trolling.
      If not are you not aware that two space shuttles exploded. How about Apollo 13? The Mars rover we slammed into the surface because we didn't convert from the metric system? And that is just four examples of the many many explosions and deaths just with NASA. The Russian space program has had its own series of problems.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
      • Mike

        I'd consider Apollo 13 a success, actually. Remember that the crew made it home alive in spite of a catastrophic failure of the spacecraft.

        The Climate Orbiter probably burned up the atmosphere rather than slamming into the surface. The Beagle II failure (not a US mission), which did slam into the surface, wasn't the result of a unit conversion failure. The only incidents in US spaceflight history that resulted in crew loss were the tragic failures of the two shuttles. The crew of Apollo 1 died tragically on the pad during training, not in flight.

        There have been a number of spacecraft losses, but there have been some spectacular successes too. More than failures, in fact.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
      • Bob

        So, what is your point? NASA programs had many more early successes. These new boys on the street have the benefit of NASA technology, money and infrastructure and they are failing early.

        March 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • svann

      Also remember that mars at its closest is 151304 times as far as the space station. And that no private enterprise has even been to the moon yet.

      March 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • mslch

      Jeff darling, it's OK to come out of your cave now. It's safe, as long as you stay nearby, and not crossing rivers and climbing mountains. Leave all those unnecessary "risks" to others. And what's up with dreaming, exploring, and taking risks? They at best can only take you to the moon or beyond!

      March 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Bob


      March 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • kookoobear

      It isn't going to happen tn your life tim.

      March 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  28. warrior42111

    At least this isn't an outsourced job in another country

    March 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • bernie


      March 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
  29. crappygovernment

    It just shows that people who watched the Apollo hoaxes and too much Star Trek and Star Wars think interplanetary travel is easy, when in fact it is impossible due to the Van Allen Radiation belts. Click on my name for my blog on the Apollo fakes.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • Hoss

      If the Apollo missions were fake, then I'm painted pink and America isn't ran by Barack Obama

      March 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • Buck

      All other facts aside that YOU choose to ignore, how do you explain the fact that there are Earth based telescopes that can now actually see the lunar landing sites? You can keep believing in your conspiracy theory all you want but hopefully one day you'll stop ignoring the mountain of evidence that contradicts your false belief.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
      • todd marks

        "there are Earth based telescopes that can now actually see the lunar landing sites"
        even the hubble cant see the landing sites.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
      • Jason B

        Todd – that's because the moon is too bright for Hubble to look at. Would burn out the optics.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
      • todd marks

        never heard of that. the resolution is simply not there to see it.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
      • ajk68

        Buck – you are wrong.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
      • Buck

        Ok one last try to post a reply comment. For some reason every time I post, it just disappears. Anyway, I am indeed incorrect as others have stated so I apologize. I believe I may have mixed up my information by incorrectly recalling the LRRR experimentation. They essentially had left reflectors on the moon but all you can do with that is bounce back a signal. They rediscovered one of these deflectors in 2010. But unfortunately, we can't SEE the sites from the Earth...yet. Aside from that, we have also had recent lunar missions to the moon have detected the lunar landing sites through various means.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • chris

      You can bet if it were fake the Russians would have been all over it.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • John

      If the Apollo moon landings were a hoax why didn't the Russians say anything? Obviously they know we got there...D'oh

      March 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • bfpiercelk




      March 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • Ben

      I suppose the Holocaust was faked also, and that the Earth is flat. Don't go too close to the edge!

      March 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
      • todd marks

        strong rebuttal.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Will i am

      Thats because recently there was a secret NASA mission that sent a wobot to the moon to setup "Stage" the sites to make it look like we had gone.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • todd marks

      maybe someday another country can get ahold of our 1960s technology and return. until then lets ignore the moon and float in a space station for decades.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • Mike

      Do you -actually- believe this, or are you just a troll?

      March 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • Alien Dave

      Where's Buzz Aldrin when you need him?

      March 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • michael

      well explain that satalites then...there in space...and traveling, pretty fast too.

      March 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • David


      March 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  30. Anti-sequester

    Another privatization fiasco.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Desert Tortoise

      There is a near real time account of the mission at the SpaceX website. Three of four thruster pods are initializing and the solar panels are deployed. This mission is not a failure by any means.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
      • Sequester is a GOOD thing

        Private= Success
        Just like Sequester = Good for America.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
      • palintwit

        Don't forget... Sarah Palin = Good for America

        March 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
      • Joe

        CNN must be sorely disappointed. I'm sure they are hoping for it to crash out of control into the ISS and bring the whole thing down in a flaming meteor shower. Imagine how many hits would get.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
      • Bob

        They have already failed

        March 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • Howard

      Space privatization is in its infancy. You ought to go back to the dawn of the space race in the U.S. when failures were so frequent it was a national embarrassment.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
      • Bob

        So, why replace that what works with something that may not work?

        March 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • knucklecheese

      What are you talking about? These issues are insignificant compared to the inexcusable $multi-billion rookie blunders NASA makes on a regular basis. Troll somewhere else, would ya?

      March 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
      • Capt Nemo

        Specify these "rookie blunders" or shut up. NASA actually has a very good track record when compared to other space programs, despite the fact that in the early years (1950s, early 60s) our ICBMs and man-rated rockets were flaky due to the technology being so new and not matured.

        And don't squawk about the shuttle disasters: they were all failures of management, not technology (ignoring evidence of burn-through on the solid rocket boosters for years; ignoring the evidence of foam strike damage for years).

        March 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
      • Chris R

        They did make some inexcusable blunders. There was a mars probe that ended up cratering into the surface because a NASA engineer failed to convert between meters and feet. Why NASA uses anything other than OSI I have no idea.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • bhaalgorn

      yeah because its not like nasa has ever had problems or lost a spacecraft, right?

      March 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • John

      Not exactly a totally private venture, look who's picking up the tab. That's right tax payers! You folks who think private enterprise can do everything are kidding yourselves big time. They will only do things that make a profit, and in this case the profit is coming from tax payers.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
      • Rabidmob

        You realize that the customer in this case is the US Gov / NASA? Who did you think was going to pay for a US based mission? I suppose you prefer it when the US Gov pays the Russian space agency instead?

        March 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
      • Bob

        exactly John. And yes Rabidmon (or whatever) at least the Russian technology is mature and safer than SpaceX. You need to grow up and get an education in technology.

        March 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  31. enuftrashtalk

    I wonder if Elon Musk called Mission Control and reported: "Houston, *you* don't have a problem . . . "

    March 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Desert Tortoise

      For SpaceX it's more like "Hawthorn we have a problem". But in this case those California aerospace engineers had a backup plan and it is working. They are manually initializing the thruster pods, three of four successful so far and they only need two to dock the spacecraft.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  32. Josh

    I hope we don't have to pay for this one, and that it doesn't count against the 12 contracted re-supply missions.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • knucklecheese

      Well it's a good thing idiots like you are calling the shots because this mission has normalized and will be a success.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
      • Bob

        hahaha, they have already failed

        March 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  33. buffaloyetti

    kind of sad that we have out sourced our space program. Mr President please Help!!!

    March 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Lawless4U

      It has always been outsourced. NASA never built a thing. Lockheed, Boeing, Rocketdyne, Rockwell, Hamilton Standard, Pratt and Whitney.......those are some of the companies that developed and built our space exploration platforms.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • Cooramoor

      Outsourced to private companies that can do it better, faster and cheaper than ever. By the way, it's one of the only good things this president has done.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
      • faslgj


        March 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • Desert Tortoise

        The only reason a firm like SpaceX and it's counterparts can do anything today is because of the tremendous work of NASA, the Army and the Air Force in rocketry since WWII. SpaceX isn't inventing any really new technology, just applying existing technologies the US taxpayer (and to a degree the German taxpayer in WWII) funded the development of.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • SUVsAreEvil

        You are right except for one thing. The President had Nothing to do with this. Unless you want to a count for when he told the head of Nasa back in 2008 that his new job, The head of Nasa, was to bring Math and Science to Muslim countries. No lie. Look it up. And If you need help, I'll re-find the news article. It was posted on CNN.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • knucklecheese

        Hogwash. Governments were quick to develop rocketry for one reason and one reason only, delivering nuclear warheads. The whole "space exploration" thing was a red herring. Manned space flight has ALWAYS been developed and built by the private sector. If you think they couldn't have figured out orbit trajectories without our government's help, you're absolutely CRAZY.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
      • John

        And who's picking up the tab? Oh yeah the tax payers....

        March 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
      • Bob

        It is one of the worst things he has done – listening to Garver about privatizing space. She may be responsible for many future catastrophes

        March 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • want2believe

      Our space program has always been outsourced... Realistically the only difference now is the companies that build the rockets are also launching them instead of shipping them over to NASA.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Chuk

      Yeah, but that's what Republicans have been preaching – "less government" – until you really need to govt. Let's see how this sequestration goes. They've been demanding it for years now. How quickly will they change once it starts to bite?

      March 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Steve

      What are you talking about being outsourced? The company is based in California which is the center of the technological universe.
      For those that scream that the government shouldn't do this and that, well it has allowed the private sector to take over our mission into space so what are you complaining about?

      March 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
      • ecb

        The term "outsource" has been widely misapplied to refer to "offshore" – that is using workers in other countries to perform work. "Outsource" merely means that some function of a company or government is the responsibility of a contractor. For example, many universities do not run their own food services, they "outsource" it to private contractors.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • WalterT

      Huh???? Boeing???? Rockwell???? Morton Thiokol????

      March 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  34. northerstar

    We are using this to supply the International Space Station & the Russian's to bring our people back to earth. We are rapidly becoming a 3rd world country trying to have a space program.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • ELaw

      Actually we *had* a space program, and we're trying not to have one. And sadly we seem to be succeeding.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
    • John

      Right, a third world nation with a private space industry starting up.... Some people are the biggest fools.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
      • Lawless4U


        March 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Cooramoor

      C'mon man! Learn!

      March 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • enuftrashtalk

      And I suppose that's what you would have said at the end of the Apollo program in 1975, when there weren't any manned space flights for 6 years, until 1981? What a dismal failure that era was.

      I guess if we want to avoid becoming a 3rd World country, we'll have to fix our education system first.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
      • WDS

        If there had been a private space program after Apollo that would have been great.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • Julie

      Northstar, you have no idea what you are saying. This company has the ability to bring people to and from the space station. Right now their main goal is to help reload it and then they will start the human shuttling. Get a clue in the real world please before you say anymore stupid things.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
      • rogerinorlando

        Julie is right. This is the future, the British East India Co. for space. It's way overdue. And their success is a victory for capitalism. If Romney was in the White House, these SpaceX guys would have parking spaces at Fox News HQ, they'd be on so often. It's working. It's the beginning. NASA needs to be in the business of heavy lift vehicles, colonizing Mars and turning away asteroids.

        March 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
      • Bob

        Julie, they do not yet have the ability to bring humans to and from the Space station. They think they have the capability to do so. They do not yet have a man-rated vehicle. That is what they will need to move humans to and fro. They are not there yet.

        March 1, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
  35. RJ

    CNN needs to keep up.
    Solar arrays have been deployed.
    Capsule only needs two of the four engines to reach the station.
    They are firing up pods 2 and 4 now.
    Chalk this up as a hiccup... nothing to see here.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • Buck

      I was suprised to even see this story on CNN since it doesn't involve a celebrity, murder, or politics.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • Julie

      RJ do you work there?

      March 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  36. Rocketman

    That leak that you saw was a rocket fart. It relieves the inner pressure.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • knucklecheese

      That's a great way to put it! Exactly what it is. "Rocket fart", LOL...

      March 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  37. Engineman

    Geeze, hope Morton Thiokol didn't sell them used Rocket Boosters.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
    • Lawless4U

      They're called ATK now.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  38. Mayan Man

    The end is near. Mahabone.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
  39. Paisley Avocado

    j, the story of Icarus only teaches us that not all materials are suitable for helping us fly.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:57 am |
    • John

      And your comment proves not all humans are capable of rational thought.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
      • Bo

        Simmer down John. That comment was meant for j below, who said something about God and how we weren't meant to fly.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  40. Patrick Lewis

    Good luck SpaceX! Get those rockets working! You are the future of space flight!

    March 1, 2013 at 11:57 am |
    • Bob

      or the end of it!

      March 1, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
  41. j

    God is stopping them from committing their sin in "outer space".

    We were not given wings. Only angels were. The story of Icarus tells us what to expect when we try to fly, fools.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • Paisley Avocado

      j, the story of Icarus only teaches us that not all materials are suitable for helping us fly.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:57 am |
      • Even still

        The Icarus story is even more bogus since temperatures drop the higher you go in the atmosphere, not increase. If he flew too high Icarus would have experienced hypoxia and hypothermia.

        The Icarus "lesson" is about uncontrolled ambition, not flying too high.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
      • Grumpster

        That story is pure fiction, and lives as reality only in the feeble minded.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
      • knucklecheese

        As previously stated, it is a fairy tale with a legitimate moral (as so many of them have). Feeble minded are those who fail to recognize that and instead dismiss the whole thing as "bogus" because they don't have the ability to figure that out.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
      • MadDog

        That's why I named my second Red-tailed hawk "Daedalus" ... the father of Icarus, designer of the labyinth with the minotaur at the middle and several other things. An engineer ...

        March 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • Interesting

      How you mix Greek mythology with Christian beliefs...

      March 1, 2013 at 11:58 am |
      • knucklecheese

        What difference does it make? It's all just a bunch of stories.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Patrick Lewis

      Troll? Moron? A little of each? You realize that Icarus was part of the Greek pantheon, right?

      March 1, 2013 at 11:59 am |
    • Rob

      Idiots shouldn't be allowed to share their views.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
      • knucklecheese

        Of course they should! Why not? Only other idiots would act on those views, and since they're idiots, it's doubtful they would be able to figure out how! Idiots are out there for our entertainment. Relax and enjoy the show.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • David

      What are you kidding me with this crap?

      March 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
      • knucklecheese

        Probably, yes. At least I hope so. Scary to think people who are (at least apparently) so stupid have access to cars, cutlery, electricity, tools, children, the elderly, and firearms! I think there comes a point where, for the safety of society at large, one is just too stupid to be allowed out unsupervised. If this isn't a joke, j is obviously one of those people.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Sid Airfoil

      The story of icarus tells us not to be arrogant, and to try again. And when we do, we go to the moon. You religious luddites can sit in the mud for as long as you like. But if god had meant us to sit in the mud, he wouldn't have given (most of) us abstract intelligence.


      March 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  42. palintwit

    I am retired and living on a small pension but this month I still managed to send $100 to SarahPAC which as you know is Sarah Palin's political action committee. I urge all of you to do the same. After all, who knows better how to spend my $100 than Ms. Palin.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • columbus

      Have you ever been evaluated for dementia?

      March 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
    • spacepalin

      I'll donate $100 if we can send Palin on the SpaceX Cargo Capsule into space.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
      • Ed

        In the unpressurized part, of course.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
      • David

        Excellent idea Ed!

        March 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
      • Marvin

        I'm with Ed on this

        March 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
      • Lawless4U

        The hell with that........just strap her on the outside........naked.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Beef Supreme

        She could be the first American to journey to the Sun!

        March 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Engineman

      Calm down people!
      It's for birth control pills and the re-start of Labotomy research, both a great cause.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
    • Grumpster

      This is why stupid people like SP can get attention and funding...because the word is filled with nincompoops like this one.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • gman

      did you actually mean to type 'retarded' instead of 'retired'?

      March 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
      • Lawless4U

        Heh, heh, heh.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • not1ofyoupeople

      I'd do her for $100.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
      • bad bob the albino

        Your hundred dollars or her hundred dollars? Just curious, how much would you give to see a monkey do a football?
        Well, get a football,...and a mirror, ...and then

        March 1, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
  43. us_1776

    Did you notice the leak in the line right before separation?


    March 1, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • ChrisC

      That's what she said.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
      • David

        Good one!

        March 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • David

      That "leak" is called venting.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
      • knucklecheese

        Again, what she said.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Lawless4U

      So, they pulled it out and it quiffed?


      March 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • knucklecheese


        March 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • bad bob the albino

        I have to ask, what is quiff?

        March 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm |


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