The silver silo shoots into the air, while gray clouds of smoke whip at its base. The Raptor motor wobbles as it sinks back to the ground, and the prototype’s landing legs flip out in sync to allow the giant thermos to land.
Honestly, I could spend three years writing about what happens in the first hop video, but I would never come close to meeting the vision. It really is quite a sight.
“Mars looks real,” Musk tweeted shortly after the flight.
SpaceX had a monumental week. The spacecraft’s Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully returned two NASA astronauts from the International Space Station on August 2, with a successful impact in the Gulf of Mexico. After analyzing the mission’s data, known as Demo-2, SpaceX will begin preparing for the crew’s first official flight, possibly later this year.