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“The biggest flying object, ever in space” - SpaceX’s Starship

SpaceX's Starship test flight on Thursday marked a significant step forward in space exploration, despite encountering challenges during the journey. The mammoth rocket, designed to carry astronauts to the moon for NASA, demonstrated key milestones before losing contact with the ground.

Launching from the coast of South Texas at 8:25 a.m. Central time, Starship achieved orbital velocities during its ascent. About 45 minutes after liftoff, it began re-entering the atmosphere, heading for a planned splashdown in the Indian Ocean.

Live video from SpaceX's Starlink satellites showed the spacecraft's fiery re-entry, but communication was lost 49 minutes after launch. Despite this setback, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson congratulated SpaceX on a "successful test flight" crucial for future Artemis lunar missions.

During re-entry, Starship's silvery exterior was engulfed in a fiery orange glow as it encountered the extreme heat of Earth's atmosphere. This phenomenon, though common, disrupted communication due to the plasma of charged particles surrounding the spacecraft.

While the test flight did not go as planned, it represents a significant step forward in SpaceX's mission to revolutionize space transportation and facilitate NASA's ambitious lunar exploration goals.

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