Even since the founding of SpaceX, Elon Musk plainly announced his main objective: the colonization of Mars. While it may sound extremely unfeasible for some people, space engineers have been investing plenty of time, knowledge and effort to achieve that huge goal. We haven’t been to Mars yet, it’s true, but tiny steps are required for such an ambitious project.
The Starship spacecraft are created for deep space colonization. Well, “deep” as it is humanly possible. We can’t expect for the moment to reach for other galaxies or stars with the current technology, but Starship is expected to reach for Mars and the Moon in the near future. Unfortunately, it just failed a test.
Explosion occurs at launch
Chris Bergin is a member of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the managing editor of NASA Spaceflight. He announced the news of the explosion of Starship spaceship on Twitter, along with a video captured by LabPadre:
— Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) November 20, 2019
Thus, some people’s hopes of colonizing Mars have already been shattered in a very violent way. The explosion occurred yesterday (November 21), during a cryogenic test. The Starship Mk1 exploded so violently that its top bulkhead flew off, and frozen vapor had been dispersing over the launch area. The explosion has been seen coming from the spaceship’s fuselage. During the loading test, the methane and oxygen tanks had to be filled with a cryogenic liquid, so that scientists shall see how they held up at full pressure.
What SpaceX has to say
The space agency says that the explosion is not really a surprise and that the situation is not as bad as it looks:
The purpose of today’s test was to pressurize systems to the max, so the outcome was not completely unexpected. There were no injuries, nor is this a serious setback.
However, Starship Mk1 is history, but not also the plans of getting humans to Mars one day.