Starship returns to Earth for first time infographic
Graphic shows profile of the Starship’s fourth test flight.


Starship rocket returns to Earth for first time

By Jordi Bou

June 6, 2024 - SpaceX’s giant Starship rocket has finally survived re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere and splashed down in the Indian Ocean on its fourth test mission.

SpaceX's mega Starship rocket completed its first full test flight Thursday, returning to Earth without exploding after blasting off from Texas.

The previous three test flights ended in explosions of the rocket and the spacecraft. This time, both managed to splash down in a controlled fashion.

Designed to be cheaper and more powerful than SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket, Starship represents the future of the company's dominant satellite launch and astronaut business. It is due to be used by NASA in the next few years to land the first astronauts on the moon since 1972.

PUBLISHED: 06/06/2024; STORY: Graphic News