The Latest SpaceX Starship Prototype Is About to Launch


SpaceX is gearing up for the launch of its next Starship prototype, SN11. So will this latest launch land successfully?
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The late great Stephen Hawking believed that for humanity to survive, we need to expand our reach and settle on other worlds within the next century. Elon Musk, the billionaire and serial entrepreneur behind SpaceX, thinks that’s not soon enough, and has the ambitious goal of sending 1 million people to Mars by 2050. This week the craft that may carry humanity to their next great leap took a 15 kilometer jump.

The craft in question is Starship, and for the last two years prototypes have slowly taken shape in Boca Chica, Texas. Well, taken shape might be the wrong word; four of them have lost their shape due to exploding. Or imploding. A lot of ‘ploding going on down there in Boca Chica.

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SpaceX lands Starship prototype for the first time — and then it blows up
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