Starship: From idea to explosion

Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.
6 min readApr 24, 2023

At 8:33am Central Time April 20, Starship 24 lifted off atop Super Heavy Booster 7. During launch, keen eyes and well-pointed cameras were able to determine not all of the Booster’s engines were firing, and periodic changes in the rocket’s flame seemed to indicate a few things ceased to function in fiery ways. Once making it through MaxQ, the rocket, ah, ceased its upward movement, and the booster and Starship tumbled toward the ocean together, where they were ultimately blown up prior to impact.

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Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.

Astronomer, technologist, & creative focused on using new media to engage people in learning and doing science. Opinions & typos my own.