Elon Musk’s weekend from hell
What you're seeing is the first stage separation of a 71 m (233 ft) Super Heavy booster from the 50 m (164 ft) Starship.
This marks the first successful use of this technique with a vehicle of this size, totaling 121 m (397 ft).
📹 (✏️) : SpaceX (November 18th, 2023) pic.twitter.com/FR4tZPrfUZ
If you think you’ve had a bad weekend, spare a thought for Elon Musk. Not only did his SpaceX rocket ship explode in space, he then lost a tonne of X advertisers by publicly supporting an antisemitic conspiracy theory.
The highly-anticipated second attempt of the launch of the SpaceX Starship took place on Saturday. But just minutes after taking off, the rocket that one day hopes to take astronauts to the moon blew up when it got to space.
The first attempt back in April was also a failure, after the rocket blew up shortly after takeoff.
At first, the second attempt looked like it was going to be a success. The rocket took off smoothly from its launch site in Texas.
However, the rocket — which is designed to break off into two stages soon after takeoff — broke apart a few minutes after it lifted off.
Musk’s SpaceX team announced soon after that they had lost contact with one of the stages, and then declared it “lost”.
The company later admitted that the rocket accidentally set off its self-destruct mechanism.
As he had to deal with the literal fallout with the failed launch, another explosion was taking place — this time on X (formerly Twitter).
On Wednesday, Musk had voiced support for a Tweet which accused Jews of promoting hatred of white people.
Musk, famous for posting reckless Tweets, had taken it too far this time. By the weekend, Apple, Disney and IBM had all pulled advertising from the social media platform.
“Jewish communities have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.
“I’m deeply disinterested in giving the tiniest shit now about western Jewish populations coming to the disturbing...” the post, written by a user called Breakingbaht, read.
Elon Musk replied, “You have said the actual truth.”
He has since claimed that he wasn’t criticising Jewish people, but certain campaign groups instead.
Since Saturday, several more giant companies have cut ties with Musk’s site.
Pictured above: SpaceX Starship at its launch on Saturday.
Image source: X