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SN15 Launch-And Landing Successful

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File photo: In this image from video made available by SpaceX, a Starship test vehicle sits on the ground after returning from a flight test in Boca Chica, Texas on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (SpaceX via AP)

The fifth time was the charm. About six minutes after a successful launch from Boca Chica Beach, the latest Space-X Mars Starship prototype had a successful landing. After four previous prototypes either exploded on, or just before, landing, the SN-15 came down soft and remained upright.

A small fire broke out at the base of the rocket but it was extinguished within minutes. The SN-15 lifted off its Boca Chica launch pad at 5:24 Wednesday afternoon, soaring into the clouds, reaching its planned altitude of 10 kilometers, and performing all of its maneuvers as planned before making its successful descent.

Moments after the rocket landed, Space-X CEO Elon Musk tweeted “Starship landing nominal.”

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