'3rd time's a charm': SpaceX Starship nails landing in test

In this image from video made available by SpaceX, one of the company's Starship prototypes fires its thrusters as it lands during a test in Boca Chica, Texas, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The two previous attempts ended in explosions. Photo: SpaceX via AP. In this image from video made available by SpaceX, one of the company's Starship prototypes fires its thrusters as it lands during a test in Boca Chica, Texas, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The two previous attempts ended in explosions.

Associated Press
Updated: March 03, 2021 06:25 PM
Created: March 03, 2021 06:23 PM

SpaceX’s futuristic Starship finally aced a touchdown Wednesday after two previous tries ended in massive fireballs.

The full-scale prototype soared more than 6 miles (10 kilometers) after lifting off from the southern tip of Texas. It descended horizontally over the Gulf of Mexico and then flipped upright just in time to land.

This time, the shiny bullet-shaped rocketship remained intact, prompting SpaceX commentator John Insprucker to declare, “third time’s a charm as the saying goes.”

“We've had a successful soft touchdown on the landing pad," he added.


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