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SpaceX’s Starship prototype lands successfully

A previous prototype exploded 10 minutes after landing, after a fire burning around its skirt wouldn’t go out.

SpaceX’s Starship prototype lands successfully

SpaceX’s Starship prototype lands successfully photo credit: businessinsider

On Wednesday, SpaceX launched its latest prototype of its mega-rocket system six miles above Texas, its fifth launch since December.

Starship launches

SpaceX is used to Starship launches but unlike the last four attempts, this prototype landed smoothly without blowing up in its first 15 minutes back on earth. A previous prototype exploded 10 minutes after landing, after a fire burning around its skirt wouldn’t go out. This time, the fire at the prototype’s feet appeared to be extinguished

“Starship landing nominal!”, Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder, CEO and chief engineer declared on Twitter.

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