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SpaceX lands Starship rocket SN15 after test flight


Starship prototype rocket SN15 touches down on the company’s landing pad on May 5, 2020 in Boca Chica, Texas.


Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched and then landed the latest prototype of its Starship rocket on Wednesday, in the fifth high-altitude test flight of the system.

Starship prototype rocket Serial Number 15, or SN15, flew as high as 10 kilometers, or about 33,000 feet.

“Starship landing nominal!” Musk tweeted after the landing. Nominal is a space industry term used to refer to when things go according to plan.

SN15 marked the first Starship prototype that was not destroyed after a high-altitude test flight. While a small fire broke out at the base of the rocket after the landing, the…


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