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Faulty thruster fails SpaceX Starship prototype, rocket crashes upon landing

India Today | 03/02/2021 10:01 AM | Click to read full article

A SpaceX Starship prototype rocket exploded on landing after an otherwise successful high-altitude experimental launch from Boca Chica, Texas, on Tuesday, in a repeat of an accident that destroyed a previous test rocket.

The Starship SN9 that blew up on its final descent was a prototype for the heavy-lift rocket being developed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private space company to carry humans and 100 tons (90,718 kg) of cargo on future missions to the moon and Mars.