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At 119 meters, the Starship is one of the heaviest and largest reusable interplanetary space vehicles under development by SpaceX. After a canceled launch on April 17, 2023, due to a frozen valve, the Starship went live on April 20, 2023. However, within minutes, the spacecraft disintegrated in a dramatic explosion. During the launch, the unmanned craft couldn’t separate itself from the boosters, resulting in intentional destruction by the flight termination system. Starship is intended to launch humans onto Mars, which has been the primary mission of SpaceX all along.

View of Starship liftoff from South Padre Island pic.twitter.com/JrXCZLrQEy

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 20, 2023

The biggest and most powerful rocket ever built, Space X’s Starship, launches in Texas before a “rapid unscheduled disassembly” during ascenthttps://t.co/hRvf4jIThd pic.twitter.com/XJ8YCayRF2

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 20, 2023

After the mid-air explosion, SpaceX tweeted

rapid unscheduled disassembly before stage separation.

Boss Elon Musk remarked that the team learned a lot for the next scheduled launch.

As if the flight test was not exciting enough, Starship experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly before stage separation

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 20, 2023

Congrats @SpaceX team on an exciting test launch of Starship!

Learned a lot for next test launch in a few months. pic.twitter.com/gswdFut1dK

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 20, 2023

In the meantime, about $13 billion has been wiped out of Musk’s personal fortunes as Starship disintegrated in the atmosphere. Musk’s net worth on Forbes Real Time Billionaires’ Index is $173.4 billion. On Bloomberg’s index, the 51 year old Tesla boss has a net worth of $164 billion.

A dramatic 24 hours for Elon Musk has slashed his fortune by almost $13 billion, his biggest wealth wipeout this year https://t.co/islZzB7y9i

— Bloomberg (@business) April 20, 2023

The decline also comes on the heels of Tesla’s declaration of 24% dip in profit causing the company’s shares to slump. Musk has 13% stake in Tesla, 42% in SpaceX, and 79% shares in Twitter. Any decline in shares of these companies has a direct bearing on Musk’s net worth.

Musk’s net worth might suffer a bit more even as Twitter removed its legacy verification causing thousands of celebs globally to lose their blue checks on the bird app.

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