SpaceX Starship pulled off a maneuver that sent observers into orbit on Wednesday.
Launch-watchers have had their eye on Boca Chica, Texas, where Starship launched Wednesday. In a remarkable feat, and despite a fire in an engine, the Starship completed its test flight, finishing with a dramatic backflip and landing, but immediately exploding on impact upon return.
The launch of the monstrous rocket was monumental in itself, but to pull off — or almost pull off — a return landing marked by a new way to get the booster back to Earth, signaled a new era in space flight.
It’s not every day that one can include a malfunction that caused a fire on board a space ship a successful day, but it is the beginning of a long journey to Mars, observers said.
Watch the launch here: