SpaceX’s Starship prototype SN8 falls toward a remote camera shortly after launching from Boca Chica, Texas, on December 9. SpaceX via Twitter
SpaceX launched — and blew up — a 16-story prototype of its Starship rocket system on Wednesday.
Despite the explosive landing of the vehicle, called Starship SN8 (serial No. 8), SpaceX founder Elon Musk hailed the ambitious test as a big success.
SpaceX placed a robotic tracking camera at SN8’s landing site to record the vehicle careening back to Earth in a skydivinglike belly-flop maneuver.
The camera’s footage, posted on Twitter on Wednesday night, shows the final moments of SN8 as it detonates into debris.