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SpaceX Successfully Launches World's Largest Rocket Into Orbit

March 18, 2024
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The largest rocket that has ever been built has successfully launched into orbit.

What’s happening:

  • SpaceX has successfully launched their Starship rocket into orbit after their recent launch in Texas
  • The Starship is the most significant rocket ever built by SpaceX and is vital to their mission of establishing a presence on Mars

Why it matters:

  • After multiple failed launch attempts, Starship finally getting into orbit is enormous validation for the space exploration and rocket technology developed by SpaceX
  • SpaceX’s Starship is the largest rocket that has ever been built

By the numbers:

  • The Starship is 165 feet long and is powered by 3 Raptor engines and 3 Raptor vacuum engines
  • This was the 3rd launch attempt by SpaceX to get the Starship successfully into orbit
  • It is estimated that the development costs associated with building the Starship are somewhere between $5-$10B USD

Going deeper:

  • NASA has an existing partnership with SpaceX to use the Starship rocket to land astronauts on the moon as part of their Artemis 3 project

The fine print:

  • While the SpaceX Starship made it into orbit, the rocket was eventually lost on its return back to Earth

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