SPACEX’s Starship SN10 prototype rocket exploded minutes after successfully landing on a concrete pad on Wednesday.
The rocket stood upright on the ground before suddenly bursting up with its tail in flames.
A methane leak was cited as the reason for the explosion.
The high-altitude flight test in Boca Chica, Texas, represented progress for business magnate Elon Musk’s aerospace company.
Earlier on Wednesday, SpaceX had SN10 fueled for the test flight but aborted the test launch with 0.1 seconds before liftoff.
The rocket’s engines had sputtered off, the company announced, as they prepared for a liftoff later in the day.
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