SpaceX launched its mega-rocket Starship but lost both the booster and the spacecraft in a pair of explosions during Saturday’s test flight. The flight lasted about eight minutes, twice as long as the first test flight in April. Starship is the largest rocket ever built, with the goal of becoming a fully reusable spaceship system capable of ferrying people to the moon and eventually to Mars.
Class discussion: Are explosions a common part of the development of rockets and spacecraft? SpaceX pioneered reusable rocket boosters that land after launching payloads into space. Do you think it can succeed with its giant Starship project? SpaceX owner Elon Musk says he wants to use Starship to help colonize Mars to ensure human survival. Does that make sense? Would you want to live in a bubble on Mars? Should we fix problems on Earth instead?