WATCH: SpaceX Starship prototype lands after test launch, then explodes

BOCA CHICA, Texas — A SpaceX Mars rocket prototype exploded in Texas Thursday.

The SN10 rose nearly six miles above coastal Texas before it landed back on Earth.

But a few minutes after touching down, it exploded.

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SpaceX has not released the cause of the explosion.

Despite the explosion, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the launch was a success because the rocket was able to land.

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SpaceX said it plans to use Starship for numerous purposes, including taking customers between cities at extreme speeds and eventually taking cargo and humans to Mars.

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Watch video of the explosion below:

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Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.