Elon Musk’s Rocket Exploded


Sofia Cadario, Journalist, photographer

Elon Musk, a billionaire, launched the biggest rocket ever built. Musk’s special vehicle took off  in Texas, on Thursday April 20. 

The rocket exploded after only 3 minutes of flight, during its first flight from Starbase, but for Elon Musk and his company SpaceX, it is already a huge victory. “The craft suffered multiple engine failures during the test flight, lost altitude and began to plummet,” SpaceX said. After the explosion, Elon musk went to congratulate the members of the company and promised another launch test.

The 120 meters high rocket falls into the category of super heavy launchers. It would be able to carry 100 tons of cargo. The power of Starship at takeoff was twice the one of the famous Saturn V, the flying machine of the Apollo program, which was 111 meters high.

It was the first flight of Musk’s rocket. Previously, only the second part of the craft had lifted off the ground at about 10 km. The full machine had never taken off all together before Thursday. Also, the space vehicle runs on oxygen and liquid methane.

Of course, the trip was closely followed up by the Nasa. For the first time in half a century, the American space agency has decided to use this spacecraft to land astronauts on the Moon in 2025 during the Artemis III mission.

For Elon Musk, Starship is a rocket that is mostly for humanity to become multi-planetary. The billionaire declared, ” We have an arduous road of two of three years ahead of us”. At the end, we should have a base installed on the Moon and on Mars.