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SpaceX Hopes to Launch And Land Starship No. 9 This Week – ScienceAlert

The first time SpaceX attempted such an ambitious Starship flight, the 16-story vehicle blew up. A month later, Elon Musk’s company is trying again.

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SpaceX is preparing to rocket the latest prototype of its Starship spaceship thousands of feet into the air, then land it gently back on the ground.
If the company can pull off this tricky maneuver — cutting the rocket’s engines back on as it plummets toward Earth, just in time to turn it upright, slow its fall, and steadily set down on a landing pad — it will be the first time a Starship vehicle has ventured so high and returned in one piece.
Elon Musk, who founded SpaceX in 2002, wants the final…

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