Was SpaceX’s first attempt to launch its Starship rocket a failure?

Starship is the biggest rocket ever to fly – and to blow up


The following is an extract from our monthly Launchpad newsletter, in which resident space expert Leah Crane journeys through the solar system, the galaxy and beyond. You can sign up for Launchpad for free here.

This month saw the first launch attempt of SpaceX’s enormous Starship rocket – the biggest and most powerful rocket ever to fly. But shortly after it lifted off on 20 April, it exploded. Not ideal, but certainly exciting!

There has been a lot …

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