The first time Anthony Gomez saw one of SpaceX’s starship prototypes take flight, he watched it on a projector. It was far from the wet coast of Texas, where the actual launch was taking place. Instead, he was sitting in his Florida home with his girlfriend.
On the wall of his house, Anthony admired the Starship rocket as it streaked across the sky. All three Raptor engines cut out as the spacecraft reached an altitude of approximately 41,000 feet, and the huge steel vessel began to fall back to Earth, tilted on its side, resembling a falling grain silo. . Just before reaching the airstrip, its engines reignited and the vehicle quickly righted itself as it prepared to land. But the spacecraft fell too fast, hitting the ground hard and exploding in a massive explosion. Afterwards, only a charred portion of Earth remained where Starship once stood – a disappointment.