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SN10 Rocket Explodes Shortly After Landing: Watch

by Keeli Parkey
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What started out as a successful test run for the SpaceX SN10 Starship Rocket on Wednesday (March 3) ended in an explosion. You can check out a short clip of the explosion below.

The SN10 had reportedly completed a test but exploded after it landed. So, what happened to the rocket that is being tested in an effort to get humans to Mars? According to an article on CNET.com, the Starship SN10 was launched and achieved its goal of flying at an altitude of six miles.

Once it reached its desired altitude, the SN10 began a planned free-fall, according to the article. This is known as a “belly flop.” After this happened, the SN10’s engines resumed working and situated the rocket so that it resumed a vertical position.

Elon Musk’s SN10 then made its way to Boca Chica. It landed vertically and came to a rest. However, things didn’t go according to plan. CNET.com reports that there was a “slight lean” in the SN10’s frame. Then, around 10 minutes after it landed, the SN10 exploded.

You can watch more footage of the SN10 rocket’s test run below.

The explosion of the SN10 rocket on Wednesday is just another occurrence in recent memory that a Starship has gone up in flames upon landing. The last time it happened was on Feb. 2. The rocket that exploded on that day was the SN9.