SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas—It started with a bang, as large issues usually do.
On Thursday morning, with clearing skies overhead, SpaceX’s Starship rocket slowly started to climb away from its launch pad. Totally laden with about 5,000 metric tons of liquid oxygen and methane propellant, the biggest rocket ever constructed wanted about 10 seconds to start clearing the launch pad.
From a close-by vantage level, the rocket rumbled and the smoke billowed outward—but it surely appeared like an eternity earlier than Starship poked its head above the smoke and mud. After which it climbed skyward, an excellent silvery and fiery streak within the sky.
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