Watch: SpaceX rocket executes perfect landing – then it explodes

by Peter Heck · Mar 4th, 2021 2:07 pm

Last Updated Mar 6th, 2021 at 3:48 pm

A SpaceX Mars prototype rocket executed a near perfect launch, flight, and landing Wednesday. The rocket, known as SN10, flew over the southern part of Texas for several minutes at heights up to six miles before descending for an impressively soft landing.

Here's a view of the landing:

This is a video of the full take-off, flight, landing sequence:

After the flight had concluded and the SN10 had been resting safely on its landing pad for approximately 3 minutes, the rocket suddenly exploded in a massive fireball.

SpaceX gave no specifics for what caused the explosion, but said that they were elated at the successful test and already had multiple other prototypes in production. The SN11 is expected to be ready to launch for a test flight "in the near future."


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