Video: SpaceX fires up Starship engines in major test of Mars-bound rocket

SpaceX tested the engines of its Starship rocket on Wednesday 20 December in what was seen as a major test of the spaceship's abilities. The craft was tested at ground level at the company's south Texas space centre – that is, the rockets were tested without ever leaving the ground. The Starship rocket is being positioned as a potential carrier on a manned mission to Mars. Watch more from Independent TV at: Click here to subscribe to The Independent: About The Independent: Making Change Happen. The Independent is the world’s most free-thinking newsbrand, providing global news, commentary and analysis for the independently-minded. Connect with The Independent: Check out our full video catalog: Videos, daily editorial and more: Click here to get the best of The Independent daily: Like The Independent on Facebook: Follow The Independent on Twitter: Follow The Independent on Instagram: Download the iOS & Android app: Help to support truly independent journalism. Every dollar you contribute will directly fund additional special reports and investigations from a free-thinking, award-winning newsroom you can trust – Subscribe to Independent Premium for exclusive content & live events:



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