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SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test

SpaceX Starship Test
Posted at 10:58 PM, Mar 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-03 22:58:13-05

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX's futuristic Starship has exploded after what looked to be a successful touchdown.

The full-scale prototype soared more than 6 miles Wednesday after lifting off from the southern tip of Texas. It descended horizontally and then flipped upright just in time to land.

The shiny bullet-shaped rocketship remained intact, prompting a SpaceX commentator to declare, “third time's a charm.” But soon afterward, the Starship exploded and was hurled into the air by the force.

Two previous test flights crash-landed in fireballs. SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to use Starships to send people to the moon and Mars.