Why it matters: SpaceX hopes to one day use its Starship to send people and cargo to places like Mars. These tests are key to proving out the tech needed for those future missions.
Details: The Starship, called SN10, made it to about 10 kilometers in altitude before starting its descent back to Earth.
“Third time’s the charm,” SpaceX engineer and webcast commentator John Insprucker said during the broadcast of the launch.
While the landing was seemingly successful, the rocket then exploded after touching down. You can watch a replay of the explosion here at about 14.5 minutes after launch.
Go deeper: Watch a replay of the launch.
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