Wednesday, SpaceX’s Starship prototype exploded while attempting to land on after an otherwise successful test launch from the company’s rocket facility in Boca Chica, Texas, a live video of the flight showed.
The rocket destroyed in the accident was a 16-story-tall prototype for the heavy-lift launch vehicle being developed by Elon Musk’s private space company – SpaceX, to carry humans and cargo on future missions to the moon and Mars.
Elon Musk said in a tweet immediately following the landing mishap that the rocket’s “Fuel header tank pressure was low during landing burn, causing touchdown velocity to be high & RUD, but we got all the data we needed! Congrats SpaceX team hell yeah!!”