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SpaceX Starship SN10 launch - as it happened: Mars-bound prototype finally lands but explodes shortly after

The Independent logo The Independent 04/03/2021 Anthony Cuthbertson
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SpaceX has successfully performed a flight test of its Mars-bound Starship spacecraft on Wednesday after several delays.

Starship SN10 lifted off to 10km before landing successfully at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility in Texas, achieving what its predecessors could not.

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Roughly eight minutes after landing, SN10 exploded while sitting at a lean on the landing pad.

Despite the explosion, the high-altitude flight test marked significant progress towards Elon Musk’s Mars ambitions.

SpaceX provided a live stream of the launch and landing, but did ended it before the explosion took place.

You can read all the updates as they happened here.

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