SpaceX SN8: Photos show an epic launch ... and fiery end

SpaceX SN8's epic launch

On December 9, SpaceX successfully launched the latest prototype of the massive Starship, the fully reusable rocket that Elon Musk hopes to send -- with humans -- to Mars.

SpaceX webcast

The ship exploded as it was landing, after a flight that lasted six minutes, forty-two seconds. However, the test flight still gave SpaceX valuable data.