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SpaceX mega-rocket lost in final phase of ‘successful’ test flight

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SpaceX said Starship, the world’s most powerful rocket, flew further and faster than ever before during its third test flight on Thursday. However, it was eventually lost as it re-entered the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.

Lift-off from the company’s Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, occurred around 8:25 a.m. local time (1325 GMT) and was carried live on a webcast that was watched by millions on social media platform X.

The sleek mega rocket is vital to Nasa’s plans to land astronauts on the Moon later this decade and Elon Musk’s hopes of colonising Mars someday.

“Congrats to SpaceX on a successful test flight!” tweeted NASA administrator Bill Nelson following the test.

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