SpaceX launches new rocket but lost both booster, spacecraft after explosion during test flight

SpaceX's Starship rocket launches from Starbase during its second test flight in Boca Chica, Texas, on November 18, 2023. SpaceX on November 18, 2023, carried out the second test launch of Starship, the largest rocket ever built that Elon Musk hopes will one day colonize Mars, while NASA awaits a modified version to land humans on the Moon. It comes after a first attempt to fly the spaceship in its fully-stacked configuration back in April ended in a spectacular explosion over the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched its Starship rocket in Texas just after 7 a.m. CST Saturday.

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Starship is the biggest and most powerful rocket ever to fly. SpaceX aims to make both parts of the vehicle fully and rapidly reusable. That gives it the potential to launch bigger and heavier payloads to space and to significantly drive down the cost of lofting satellites, space telescopes, people and the things they need to live into space,” according to The New York Times.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement obtained by CNN following Saturday’s test flight.

“A mishap occurred during the SpaceX Starship OFT-2 launch from Boca Chica, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 18. The anomaly resulted in a loss of the vehicle. No injuries or public property damage have been reported,” the FAA said, according to CNN.

The second flight of Starship was not a success completely, according to the Times. SpaceX officials said it appeared that the ship’s self-destruct system blew up the rocket over the Gulf of Mexico, according to The Associated Press.

“The real topping on the cake today, that successful liftoff,” said SpaceX commentator John Insprucker, according to the AP.

The first test flight was done in April and it ended in an explosion too, the AP reported.

“Each test represents a step closer to putting the first woman on the Moon with the Artemis III Starship human landing system,” NASA associate administrator Jim Free said in a statement obtained by the Times.

The booster experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly shortly after stage separation while Starship’s engines fired for several minutes on its way to space. 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 multiplanetary,” SpaceX said in a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter.

NASA administrator Bill Nelson congratulated SpaceX on their progress Saturday, according to the Times.

“Congrats to the teams who made progress on today’s flight test. Spaceflight is a bold adventure demanding a can-do spirit and daring innovation. Today’s test is an opportunity to learn—then fly again,” Nelson said on X.

“Together NASA and SpaceX, will return humanity to the Moon, Mars & beyond,” Nelson continued.

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