Boca Chica, Texas

SpaceX’s massive new spacecraft successfully test-fired its rocket engine for the first time .

The “hopper” version of the Starship rocket — dubbed Starhopper — did not leave the ground, but its powerful Raptor engine fired briefly while tethered to the ground at the SpaceX facility in south Texas.

“Starhopper completed tethered hop. All systems green,” SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday evening.

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