Elon Musk shares the first proper image of his massive rocket

Starship prototype

Starship prototype

On Thursday, Elon Musk tweeted the first photo of the Starship test flight rocket.

This is a prototype version, nicknamed the "Hopper", that has been assembled at the SpaceX launch site in Texas.

In 2017, Musk claimed that the Starship would be able to "take you anywhere on Earth in 60 minutes" - but if you're already dreaming of speedy commutes around the world, you'll be disappointed to know that the image shared by Musk shows a test vehicle. It's meant for suborbital VTOL testing (vertical take off and landing). Despite this high-tech promise, fans will have to wait for this concept to become a reality, since the Starship is just a test rocket for now.

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No stranger to branding or pop culture references, Musk celebrated the Falcon 9's testing with Johnny Cash's classic "Ring of Fire".

This isn't what the final version of the Starship will look like.

SpaceX has said the duo could some day transport people from city to city on Earth, as well as propel passengers around the Moon, to the lunar surface, and even to Mars and back. Formerly known as the BFR, the Starship remains the company's most ambitious project. The company also reportedly plans to replace their current Falcon and Falcon Heavy rockets with this starship model in the near future, making the success of the hopper extremely important to the company. Reflecting on the design on Twitter (where else?), Musk commented that it "must be more pointy".

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