Fiery crash of SpaceX's Starship rocket ignites dreams of future spaceflight

Elon Musk is reshaping a remote South Texas shoreline to build and test the largest space launch system the world has ever seen. Spaceflight—and the once quiet beach—will never be the same.

SpaceX's Starship prototype, Serial Number 8 (SN8), takes off over Boca Chica Beach in South Texas on December 9. The 165-foot craft crashed on landing but generated enough data to be considered a resounding success.

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