SCIENCE: SpaceX’s Starship prototype takes historic flight before blowing up

While successful in flight, the Starship test flight by SpaceX ended on Wednesday with a bang. 

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

While the ending was explosive, SpaceX’s Starship carried out a historic flight reaching new heights in the atmophere before landing near the launch stand in Texas. The private space company carried out the Starship flight on Wednesday at its facility near Boca Chica Texas. The prototype reached 7.8 miles in the sky, performed complex manouvers and then looked to land safely.

The 165-foot-tall vehicle, however, hit its landing mark a little too fast and exploded.

Still, the flight was a success since the company saw the vehicle get closer to becoming a space vehicle that could transport people to the moon and Mars.

The company had previously given the vehicle a 1-in-3 chance of landing in one piece as much more development needs to continue.

The Starship has been designed cargo and people to the moon, Mars and other places. The stainless-steel spacecraft has six Raptor engines and will sit on top of SpaceX’s Super Heavy rocket which has 30 raptor engines.

Unlike the other Space X vehicles that have begun transporting astronauts to the International Space Station, Starship is much bigger and has much more carrying capacity.

NASA has selected a Starship system as one of three lunar landing systems it could use in its upcoming Artemis program to the moon.