This is how Elon Musk’s rocket that was supposed to take us to Mars exploded (video)
The aerospace company SpaceX has already put the human being in space. Which is a complete success. Now his sights are set on Mars, the next great frontier that we have to knock down as a species. Will we manage to reach the red planet in the next decade?
Elon Musk has a dream: to be the first to land humans on Mars. He does not intend to take them personally, but rather that his company – SpaceX – is responsible for taking people to the closest planet within the Solar System for the first time.
As the Moon seems easy, since we already arrived about five decades ago, since there is a NASA mission that is in charge of taking it back to set up a permanent base on our satellite (the mission is called Artemis and here you have all the information), the challenge is Mars.
To achieve this, a ship called Starship and some engines called Raptors are being manufactured and tested. The union of both should result in a spacecraft advanced and powerful enough to carry humans through millions of km in space.
— Chris Bergin – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) July 11, 2022
The problem with this ship, as you are seeing in the tweet above these words, is that it houses so much power and fuel that explosions are very likely. Unfortunately for the company and the ozone layer (imagine the emissions from such an explosion)
The event took place at the SpaceX facilities in Boca Chica, Texasand may delay their plans for the first orbital flight of the rocket, which was about to launch into space to begin testing.
SpaceX had made good progress in the development of its Starship, the vehicle for deep space which forms the core of CEO Elon Musk’s plans to establish a human settlement on Mars.
Last year, after a series of failed and explosive attempts, the company finally made a suborbital flight of a prototype upper-stage starship and landed it safely at the end of the flight. Musk said he hoped to make an orbital flight this July.
A version of the Super Heavy was used in today’s teststhe gigantic first-stage booster designed to launch the Starship into orbit with a total of 33 Raptor engines. The firing of these engines on the Boca Chica platform has been what has caused the explosion.
Fortunately for the space race, this is just a mishap from which valuable lessons will be learned. The conquest of the stars is getting closer.