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SpaceX launches the world’s largest rocket – which explodes seconds later.

The spacecraft successfully left its launchpad, but the rocket’s two halves failed to separate and they exploded minutes later in a dramatic cloud.

Here’s where you can find all the latest news and updates following the launch of SpaceX’s most powerful and biggest rocket the world has ever built.


Before the launch, Kasturi tried to play down expectations

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 15:15


Kasturi calls the launch ‘exciting’

Elon Musk has finally tweeted after the launch.

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 15:03


Dramatic pictures show rocket taking off

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


Musk retweets dramatic video of Starship lifting off

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


Elon Musk has yet to respond to the blast

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


Starship makes it off the ground – but explodes soon after

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 14:47


SpaceX says launch was successful

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


SpaceX says launch successful despite explosion

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


rocket explodes in the sky

The starship exploded dramatically in the sky.


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

Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 14:41


rocket tower clears

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


Andrew Griffin20 April 2023 14:35

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