Washington Post

SpaceX lands Starship spacecraft for the first time

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Elon Musk's SpaceX stuck the landing of one of its Starship spacecraft prototypes Wednesday, a key milestone in the test program and a dramatic statement coming two weeks after NASA chose the vehicle to fly its astronauts to the surface of the moon.

The Starship spacecraft, known as Serial Number 15, lifted off from SpaceX's launch site near the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas, firing its three Raptor engines to an altitude of about six miles. It then turned itself sideways in a "belly flop" maneuver and headed back before righting itself, reigniting its engines and touching down softly...

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