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SpaceX’s Starship prototype again explodes on landing attempt after successful launch

  • The latest prototype of SpaceX's next-generation Starship rocket launched successfully on Tuesday but exploded on impact during an attempted landing.
  • Starship prototype Serial Number 9, or SN9, aimed to fly as high as 10 kilometers, or about 32,800 feet altitude.
  • While the rocket flew successfully, it hit the ground explosively on its return, just as the SN8 flight did in December.
  • "We had, again, another great flight up … we've just got to work on that landing a little bit," SpaceX principal integration engineer John Insprucker said.

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