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SpaceX launches Starship on highest test flight before it crash-lands

SpaceX launched its shiny surfaced , bullet-shaped, straight-out-of-science – a  fiction Starship. It was launched several miles in the air from a remote controlled corner of Texas on Wednesday, but the 6 and half -minute test flight ended into an explosive fireball at touchdown itself.

It was the highest and most carefully arranged flight. yet for the rocketship. Elon Musk says that Elon Musk would carry people to the planet Mars in as minimum as next six years. Despite the catastrophic end that it had, he was thrilled.

He tweeted with writing that mars, we people are coming

This latest prototype contained the first one equipped with a nose cone, body flaps and three engines in it —it was going to be shooting for an altitude of up to 8 miles. That’s almost 100 times higher than previous hops and going straight towards the stratosphere.

Starship seemed to hit the mark and if not that, at least come close to the mark. There was no immediate word about how high it went from the SpaceX.

It was a full-scale, stainless steel model. It was 160 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter. It soared out over the Gulf of Mexico. After about five minutes of starting it’s launch, it flipped sideways as planned and started descending in a free-fall back to the southeastern tip of Texas near the Mexican border. The Raptor engines reignited and the rocket tilted back upright and straight. When it touched down, the rocket ship became engulfed in flames and ruptured, and the parts scattered.

The entire flight which was as dramatic and flashy as it gets. SpaceX standards said that it lasted for 6 minutes and 42 seconds. SpaceX broadcasted the sunset demo live on its official website. Before this they kept on having repeatedly delays over the last week and a last-second engine got aborted on Tuesday and that heightened the excitement among the space fans.

SpaceX launches Starship on highest test flight before it crash-lands
SpaceX launches Starship on highest test flight before it crash-lands

Musk called it as a successful ascent and said the body flaps precisely guided and helped the rocket to get to the landing point. He also said that the fuel tank pressure was low, however, when the engines reignited for touchdown and that caused Starship to come down too fast.

He also tweeted that they all got all the data that they needed!

Musk had kept expectations low from before, he cautioned earlier this week that there was probably 1 in 3 chance of complete success.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who founded the Blue Origin rocket company, offered congratulations to Elon Musk and his company.

They said that anybody who knows how hard this stuff is will be impressed by today’s Starship test.

Wednesday’s test followed by SpaceX’s latest space station supply run for NASA for the three days, and the company’s second astronaut flight happened by less than a month from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

Starship is actually the higher stage of Musk’s envisioned moon- and Mars-ships. It will launch on top of a mega booster but it is still in development which is  known to be Super Heavy. The entire vehicle will be of around 394 feet — 31 feet taller than the one of NASA’s Saturn V rocket that hurled men to the moon about half-century ago.

SpaceX is looking forward to use Starship to put massive satellites into orbit around the Earth, besides helping and delivering people and cargo to the moon and Mars. Earlier during this year, SpaceX was among one of three prime contractors which were chosen by NASA to help them and develop lunar landers which will be capable of getting astronauts on the moon by the year 2024.

Right before the Wednesday’s launch which is 9th December, NASA introduced the 18 U.S. astronauts who will be trained for the Artemis moon-landing program.

While Elon Musk was accepting an award in Berlin last week, he said that he’s highly confident of a human flight to Mars in the next six years — he says that if he get lucky, maybe in four years. But Elon Musk is the first to admit his timelines and that can be overly optimistic.

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