SpaceX’s Starship SN8 prototype hurtles to the ground during its landing attempt on its first high-altitude test flight at the company’s Boca Chica, Texas test site. (Photo courtesy of SpaceX.)

SpaceX’s Starship prototype rocket achieved a record-breaking launch height on its test flight on December 9 in the South Texas village of Boca Chica. The SN8 (being the eighth Starship prototype) managed to reach 12.5 kilometers in 6 minutes and 42 seconds before crashing during its …

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