WATCH: World’s most powerful rocket explodes midair

On Thursday, the world’s most powerful rocket, the 500-foot-tall SpaceX Starship, exploded in midair just minutes into its first flight from Brownsville, Texas.

The SpaceX live stream hosts characterized the failure as a “rapid unscheduled disassembly.”


“SpaceX plans to use the Starship – and its 16.7 million pounds of thrust – to send people and cargo to the moon and Mars. This test flight is not carrying people or satellites,” reported Fox Business.

Following the launch, Elon Musk tweeted, “Congrats @SpaceX team on an exciting test launch of Starship! Learned a lot for next test launch in a few months.”

“With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and today’s test will help us improve Starship’s reliability as SpaceX seeks to make life multi-planetary,” SpaceX said.

Here is another view of the explosion: 


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