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SpaceX launches giant Starship rocket into space on epic 3rd test flight (video)

March 15, 2024
Space.com
Contributed by: Bill Russell
Summary
SpaceX's Starship, the world's largest and most powerful rocket to date, successfully reached orbital velocity on its historic third test flight from South Texas, despite neither the Starship vehicle nor its Super Heavy booster completing their intended splashdown. This test flight coincided with SpaceX's 22nd anniversary and marked a significant milestone, as previous flights had ended in explosions. Although the mission did not fully achieve its intended splashdown, SpaceX stated that key objectives were met, contributing to the development of the aerospace company's ambitious goals for space travel and the future transportation of humans to the Moon and Mars. The test also demonstrated advancements in SpaceX's launch capabilities, moving it closer to meeting NASA's needs for the Artemis 3 moon mission, though rapid progress is still required.
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