Rocket booster bursts into flames at SpaceX plant during test firing

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(Reuters) – A booster rocket developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX for its next-generation Starship spacecraft burst into flames during a ground-test firing on Monday in Texas, dealing a likely setback to Musk’s aim of launching Starship to orbit later this year. “Yeah, actually not good. Team is assessing damage,” Musk tweeted after the early evening explosion of the Super Heavy Booster 7 prototype, as seen in a livestream recorded by the website NASA Spaceflight. There was no immediate indication of injuries. It was not clear what caused the explosion, which engulfed the base of the rocket in a ba…

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