The latest SpaceX prototype of its Starship rocket appears to have been destroyed during a landing attempt after a clean launch on Tuesday.
The company’s livestream of the flight test froze as it came in to land, and thick fog around SpaceX’s facility in Texas made it difficult for witnesses to see what happened.
Starship prototype Serial Number 11, or SN11, reached its target altitude of about 10 kilometers, or about 32,800 feet. The rocket is built of stainless steel, representing the early versions of the rocket unveiled in 2019. Elon Musk’s company is developing Starship with the goal of launching cargo and people on missions to the moon and Mars.
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