Video captures partial explosion of a SpaceX Starship rocket prototype during testing
A SpaceX prototype rocket experienced a partial explosion during a testing procedure in Boca Chica, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon. The Starship Mark 1 spacecraft was undergoing a pressure test when a portion of its top appear to burst. Heavy plumes of smoke flowed from the vehicle immediately after. Starship is a prototype of a vehicle SpaceX wants to employ for travel to Mars. "The purpose of today's test was to pressurize systems to the max, so the outcome was not completely unexpected," a SpaceX spokesperson told The Verge. Sign up for Business Insider's transportation newsletter, Shifting Gears, to get more stories like this in your inbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX's Starship Mark 1 prototype rocket partially exploded during a pressure test in Boca Chica, Texas. The incident happened Wednesday afternoon and was captured on livestreamed video. During the test, the upper portion of the rocket blew apart and heavy plumes of smoke flowed from the vehicle.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Elon Musk's multibillion-dollar Starship rocket could one day take people to the moon and MarsSee Also:FedEx defended its $0 income tax in 2018 by touting its 'best-funded' pension plan. Now, that pension is set to get slashed.Flames engulfed two luxury yachts worth over $20 million in Florida, sinking them — here's what happenedWe drove a $44,000 Nissan Leaf Plus to figure out if this 2019 Car of the Year runner-up is ready to take on TeslaSEE ALSO: Elon Musk just unveiled SpaceX's audacious new plan to build cities on Mars with giant Starship rockets. Here are the highlights of his talk.