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The Starship Hopper is ready to begin its mission. Or at least, it's ready for some test launches.

Thursday night, Elon Musk announced the test-flight version of his Starship had finished assembly. Previous images showed renderings of the planned spacecraft, but now we have it in reality.


It's a shiny craft that looks a little like a stainless steel travel trailer. However, it is far larger.

Notice the little astronaut for scale.




This Starship is designed for 'hopping' tests. Very similar to the test ship Falcon 9 Hopper in 2013, the craft takes off a predetermined distance into the sky and lands again. This helps test the launch and landing mechanisms, which is what allows SpaceX to reuse their rockets.

People are ready to go to space.





However, people also discovered the photo presented was carefully curated. A different Twitter user drove past the shuttle and took pictures and video.

The internet was quick to point out the perceived deception.





Others joked about the overall design of the rocket.





The current iteration of the Starship is just a test. Much like the Falcon 9 Hopper, this vehicle is designed to test various components. An official prototype of the final Starship is planned to be completed by June, according to Musk.

In the meantime, he needs to make plans for the Hopper's tests.



SpaceX has already sold out tickets for a planned orbit around the moon. The mission is scheduled for a 2023 launch. If all goes to plan, they will be the first humans since Apollo 17 to visit the moon's orbit.

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