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SpaceX. Starship rocket launch. Elon Musk’s reaction

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SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft blew up in mid-air four minutes after falling into Earth orbit. The explosion occurred when the ship failed to detach from the rocket carrying it. The launch was observed by the head of SpaceX Elon Musk. The cameras recorded his reaction.

Starship was launched by a Super Heavy rocket from the SpaceX spaceport in Boca Chica, Texas at 8.33 am local time (3.33 pm Polish time). After detaching from the rocket, the ship was to make a 90-minute trip around the Earth using its own propulsion. However, when it was time to detach both parts of the rocket, it began to spin before exploding at an altitude of 35 kilometers above the Earth.

Starship after takeoff from the SpaceX Spaceport in Boca ChicaPAP/EPA/SPACEX HANDOUT

Musk reacts to the launch of the Starship rocket

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The four-minute broadcast ended with shots from the control room, where one of the stations was occupied by the head of SpaceX watching the launch of the rocket Elon Musk. His reaction was much colder than the cheering groups of corporate employees in another room.

Elon Musk watched the launch of the Starship rocketPAP/EPA/SPACEX HANDOUT

SpaceX employees react to the launch of the Starship rocketReuters

Musk himself on Twitter described the test as “exciting” and wrote that he learned a lot before the next launch in a few months.

Thursday’s test was the first time both parts of the system went airborne. The attempt was initially scheduled for Monday, but was canceled due to a valve freezing up while refueling the Super Heavy.

Starship is the largest and most powerful rocket ever built and plays a key role in the plans NASA. On board, astronauts are to land on the moon as part of the Artemis III mission. According to Musk’s announcement, the rocket is also to be used for manned flights to Marsas well as for high-speed flights between distant cities on Earth.

Starship RocketPAP/Maciej Zielinski

According to experts, the rocket, powered by 33 engines, has the potential to significantly increase the capabilities of the space program. It is able to carry a payload of 100 tons into space (the current capacity of the largest rocket so far, belonging to NASA SLS, is 27 tons). This could both make future missions easier and less costly.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/SPACEX HANDOUT

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