WATCH: SpaceX’s Starship takes flight with successful ‘hop test'

Video: SpaceX’s Starship takes flight with successful ‘hop test'

ORLANDO, Fla. — Just a day after SpaceX’s historic splashdown in the Gulf, the company completed a test for its Starship rocket.

The reusable vehicle is designed to help people get to the moon and Mars.

SpaceX said the “hop test” was successful.

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The rocket took off from a launching stand in South Texas Tuesday, flew to a height of 500 feet, then it made a controlled landing on a pad nearby.

NASA said the Starship is a contender for crewed moon missions later this decade.