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Watch: SpaceX Starship Rocket Liftoff and Test Flight from Texas SpaceX's Starship is the most powerful (and largest) rocket in the world.

By Erin Baler

Key Takeaways

  • SpaceX on Thursday carried out the third test launch of Starship, the world's most powerful rocket.
  • NASA's plans to use Starship to land astronauts on the Moon.
  • Elon Musk, meanwhile, wants to use the rocket to eventually "colonize Mars."
Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP | Getty Images
The SpaceX Starship spacecraft lifts off from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, on March 14, 2024.

SpaceX launched the third test flight of its Starship rocket on Thursday from the company's Boca Chica, Texas, Starbase facility at 8:25 a.m. CT (9:25 a.m. ET).

The rocket was scheduled for an hour-long test flight. SpaceX is trying to show that the Starship can carry out a controlled re-entry through Earth's atmosphere.

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Future Starship missions will go to the moon under NASA's Artemis program. The rocket is designed to "deliver payloads farther and at a lower marginal cost per launch than our current Falcon vehicles," SpaceX says.

Watch Starship liftoff and the test flight, here:

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted a congratulations to the team on X.

According to, hundreds of spectators, many of them on Spring Break at South Padre Island, were on hand to see the spectacle.

"This flight pretty much just started, but we're farther than we've ever been before," SpaceX spokesperson Dan Huot said just after liftoff in a livestream. "We've got a starship, not just in space, but on its coast phase into space."

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