SpaceX launches the giant Starship rocket into space on an epic third test flight (video)

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — SpaceX's massive Starship rocket, the world's largest and most powerful rocket, reached orbital speed for the first time Thursday in a historic third test flight from South Texas.

Hundreds of spring break spectators, rocket launch chasers and SpaceX fans gathered along the southern shores of South Padre Island and surrounding areas to watch the third test flight of the largest rocket ever. About 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of the crowds, SpaceX's massive Starship vehicle lifted off this morning (March 14) at 9:25 a.m. EDT (1325 GMT) from the company's manufacturing and testing facilities near Boca Chica Beach. .

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