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SpaceX Starship launch today: The date for the world's largest rocket launch has arrived

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Before the launch, Kasturi tried to play down expectations

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 15:15

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Elon Musk has finally tweeted after the launch.

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 15:03

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Here are the dramatic footage of Starship becoming the world’s most powerful rocket ever to take off and launch.

SpaceX’s Starship launches from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, Thursday, April 20, 2023

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SpaceX’s next-generation Starship spacecraft, atop its powerful Super Heavy rocket, explodes on a brief unmanned test flight near Brownsville, Texas, US April 20, 2023, following its launch from the company’s Boca Chica launchpad.

(Reuters/Go Nakamura)

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 15:02

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Musk hasn’t tweeted about the explosion, but has retweeted a video from SpaceX showing the Starship taking off.

You do not see the explosion in this. But you get some sense of the massive power of that rocket – which, even with the explosion, is the most powerful rocket ever launched.

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 14:57

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SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk has yet to react to the explosion. His last tweet came half an hour back, when he shared his thoughts about the launch.

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 14:54

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Starship makes it off the ground – but explodes soon after

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 14:47

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In a series of tweets, SpaceX says it will learn from the explosion to make Starship more reliable.

(Twitter / SpaceX)

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 14:46

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Despite the explosions (or increasingly unscheduled disassembly, as SpaceX calls them) the launch was a great success. He was only expected to clear the launchpad, which he did.

SpaceX has no information on the cause of the explosion and hence its live coverage will end.

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 14:42

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The starship exploded dramatically in the sky.

(SpaceX)

The explosion happened just when the two pieces were about to separate.

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 14:41

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A minute into testing and everything looks like it’s working. The rocket has cleared its launchpad and is flying into space.

(SpaceX)

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 14:35