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.
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.
Here are 5 pictures of SN8's test flight...before its fiery demise.
The Starship prototype lifted off at 5:45 p.m. Eastern on December 10.
The 165-foot-tall spacecraft soared to a height of 14,000 feet.
Before it landed, Starship performed a belly-flop maneuver, which will help it slow down in Mars's atmosphere.
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