The largest rocket in history, the "Starship", exploded after launch

Starship before start - Apr 19

On April 20th, the largest rocket in history, Starship, was launched from SpaceX’s Boca Chica launchpad on the Texas-Mexico border. The launch was broadcast live. Unfortunately, the second stage separation did not go as planned and the rocket started to spin in mid-air before exploding about five minutes into flight.

The first stage of Starship was meant to land in the Mexican Gulf while the rest of it would eventually end up in the Pacific Ocean a few hours later. Both stages were designed to be reusable but no full recovery testing had been planned for this particular launch.

SpaceX commented on their failed attempt by saying that launches such as these provide valuable data which will help improve the reliability of their rockets. The initial launch date for Starship was postponed due to cooling system issues.

Rocket at launch - Apr 20

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, remains optimistic despite the failure and stated on Twitter that another launch may take place in the next few months:

"Congrats @SpaceX team on an exciting test launch of Starship! Learned a lot for next test launch in a few months."

Starship in flight - Apr 20

Remind you that Starship is a fully reusable rocket which will eventually be used for missions to Earth orbit, the Moon, and Mars. Starship development is an important process in space exploration and travel. It involves determining the optimum use of a spacecraft, determining how to utilize its parts and resources, and predicting the best routes and landing sites for various missions.