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SpaceX's Mars-colonizing rocket will be even more powerful than we had thought.
The Super Heavy megabooster, which will launch SpaceX's 100-passenger Starship vehicle toward Mars, the moon and other distant destinations, was originally envisioned to feature 31 next-generation Raptor engines. But the rocket will actually sport 35 Raptors, company founder and CEO Elon Musk announced yesterday (July 21).
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"Starship Super Heavy with 35 Raptors," Musk said via Twitter. "Full stack is 41 rn, but kinda beggin for just one more," he added in another tweet yesterday.
Starship will be powered by six Raptors, which explains that "41" reference (35 + 6 = 41).
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As for "beggin for just one more" — that may be a reference to Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," the seminal sci-fi book series that counts Musk among its many fans. In the series, a computer named Deep Thought determines that the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is 42.
Musk has promised a more involved update of the Starship-Super Heavy system soon — shortly after Starship's test prototype Starhopper flies untethered for the first time. That milestone was supposed to occur last week, but SpaceX...
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