WATCH: SpaceX Starship SN 10 explodes moments after successful landing during test flight

SpaceX Starship SN10 in Boca Chica, Texas ahead of a high-altitude test flight. (Image: SpaceX/YouTube) (WKMG 2021)

HOUSTON – SpaceX’s prototype Starship SN 10 rocket launched successfully Wednesday during a test flight but exploded moments after a soft landing.

The starship lifted off from SpaceX’s launch pad in Boca Chica, TX at approximately 5:13 p.m. The rocket flew to an altitude of about 10 kilometers before returning and completing a soft landing. Moments after touching down on the landing pad, the rocket burst into flames.

SN9 was most recently in the news when it exploded during landing in early February.

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