SpaceX Starship explodes after launch, will not land near Kaua‘i

Eric Gay / Associated Press

SpaceX’s Starship launches from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, on Thursday, April 20, 2023.

LIHU‘E — The largest rocket ever built will not splash down off the coast of Kaua‘i as planned after it exploded over the Gulf of Mexico four minutes into its inaugural flight.