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SpaceX’s Starship, Explodes During Test Flight

Elon Musk’s legendary rocket Starship, the largest and most powerful ever built to transport men to the Moon, Mars, and beyond, exploded during its first test flight on Thursday. Mr. Musk stated that the next Starship test will take place in a few months.
After congratulating itself on an “exciting first integrated flight test of Starship,” SpaceX said that the rocket “experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly prior to stage separation.”

Commentators indicated difficulty with the test flight at the three-minute mark. The rocket began to rotate in preparation for the separation stage, as seen on the SpaceX webcast.

The massive rocket successfully launched from Starbase, the private SpaceX spaceport in Boca Chica, Texas, at 8:33 a.m. Central Time (1333 GMT). The Starship capsule was supposed to separate from the first-stage rocket booster three minutes into the mission; however, the separation failed and the rocket exploded.

Despite the fact that the whole flight test was not completed, SpaceX deemed it a success. “We cleared the tower, which was our only hope,” SpaceX quality systems engineer Kate Tice said.

“With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and today’s test will help us improve Starship’s reliability as SpaceX seeks to make life multi-planetary,” SpaceX said in a tweet. “Congratulations to the entire SpaceX team on an exciting first integrated flight test of the Starship!”

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