SpaceX’s prototype rocket “Starhopper” flies above the company’s facility in Texas.


SpaceX flew its prototype rocket many times higher and longer than ever before in a test on Tuesday, pushing the company one step closer to its dream of sending humans and cargo to Mars.

Nicknamed Starhopper, the rocket is the prototype for SpaceX’s vehicle called Starship. The company is building the enormous rocket to achieve its goal of transporting up to 100 people in the space flights.

Here’s what the test flight looked like, which appeared to last just under minute.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted his praise for the test, saying “Congrats SpaceX team!!”

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