Musk un­veils pho­tos of rocket that may take peo­ple to Moon, Mars

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SPACEX CEO Elon Musk has un­veiled the first pic­tures of a retro-look­ing, steely rocket called Star­ship that may one day carry peo­ple to the Moon and Mars.

Musk posted pic­tures on Twit­ter late Thurs­day of the test ver­sion of the Star­ship Hop­per, which awaits its first flight test in Texas in the com­ing weeks.

“Star­ship test flight rocket just fin­ished as­sem­bly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an ac­tual pic­ture, not a ren­der­ing,” he wrote. The pro­to­type built in Boca Chica, along the Gulf Coast of Texas, is nine yards (me­ters) in di­am­e­ter -- like the fu­ture rocket will be -- but is shorter.

Its first test flights -- sub­or­bital ‘hops’ reach­ing sev­eral miles (kilo­me­ters) in the air be­fore land­ing back on Earth -- could come in March or April.

An or­bital pro­to­type is ex­pected in June. That ver­sion will be paired with a mas­sive rocket booster known as the Su­per Heavy. SpaceX has said, the duo could some day trans­port peo­ple from city to city on Earth.

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