An eye in the sky spotted Starship sitting on its pad ahead of launch.
SpaceX's Starship is supposed to make its orbital debut now no earlier than Thursday (April 20), following a scrub on April 17 due to a launch issue. The 62-minute window opens at 9:28 a.m. EDT (1328 GMT) and you can watch live here at Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX.
While Starship waits for its next launch opportunity, a Maxar satellite saw the spacecraft fully fueled on its Texan pad from orbit.
"Today's #satellite image (April 17, 2023) of the Boca Chica launch facilities in Texas with a view of the #Starship and Super Heavy rocket on the launch pad," Maxar officials wrote in a tweet. "Today's scheduled launch of the most powerful rocket ever constructed was scrubbed. Stay tuned!"
Today’s #satellite image (April 17, 2023) of the @SpaceX Boca Chica launch facilities in Texas with a view of the #Starship and Super Heavy rocket on the launch pad. Today’s scheduled launch of the most powerful rocket ever constructed was scrubbed. Stay tuned! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/VHCgrFig6mApril 17, 2023
On Twitter, RGV Aerial Photography showed another view from above of Starship, but from much closer: Only about 10,500 feet (3,200 meters). Mauricio Atilano, owner of the company, wrote on Patreon that he has been documenting SpaceX's growth at Boca Chica since 2018 with drones, cameras and weekly rentals of a Cessna 182 aircraft.
Starship as seen from 10,500ft!Gallery at https://t.co/l5nZ12tVTO@elonmusk pic.twitter.com/6GMOOcU057April 17, 2023
Once the launch gets off the ground, it will be the first flight ever for a fully stacked Starship and Super Heavy combination. SpaceX plans to bring this combination to the moon to support NASA's Artemis program, and eventually to Mars for human settlement efforts.
Elizabeth Howell is the co-author of "Why Am I Taller?" (ECW Press, 2022; with Canadian astronaut Dave Williams), a book about space medicine. Follow her on Twitter @howellspace. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace