Giant SpaceX rocket blasts off in most successful test launch yet

SpaceX’s Starship completed nearly its entire test flight after blasting off in a successful launch.

The rocket cleared its launch pad in Texas, separated from its “Super Heavy Booster” and began coasting at an altitude of 145 miles.

But it was eventually destroyed as it re-entered the atmosphere, the company said.

However, it’s still the most successful test flight of the spacecraft yet.

Starship is the world’s biggest and most powerful rocket, at nearly 120 meters tall, and is intended to carry astronauts to the moon this decade.

It’s big enough that SpaceX says it “will be able to carry up to 100 people on long-duration, interplanetary flights”.

Ultimately, Elon Musk, SpaceX’s billionaire founder and CEO, wants Starship to fly to Mars.

Every test flight SpaceX conducts gets them closer.

This is Starship’s third test.

The first time the giant rocket was launched in April 2023, it exploded less than four minutes into a planned 90-minute flight.