Elon Musk says SpaceX will try launching a Mars rocket prototype on Tuesday. Here’s what we know about Starhopper’s big ‘hover’ test in south Texas.

SpaceX recently built a stout and shiny rocket ship called Starhopper near Boca Chica Village, Texas. The vehicle is a crude prototype for a much larger vehicle designed to reach Mars, called Starship. Elon Musk, the rocket company’s founder, says engineers will attempt to launch Starhopper about 65 feet (20 meters) off the ground and hover on Tuesday. SpaceX is also building bigger Starship prototypes in Texas and Florida. The company hopes

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