That was one hell of a landing.
SpaceX ran a high-altitude suborbital flight test of its Starship rocket on Wednesday. In the video above, the rocket launches at the 1:48:17 minute mark, and for a few glorious minutes flies high before attempting a vertical landing back on Earth.
At the 1:54:58 mark, Starship touches back down in Cameron County, Texas — with explosive force.
“Successful ascent, switchover to header tanks & precise flap control to landing point,” wrote SpaceX CEO Elon Musk after the test flight.