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The largest 3D-printed object to ever fly had liftoff yesterday as Long Beach-based Relativity Space launched its Terran 1 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Terran 1 lifted off from Cape Canaveral at around 7 p.m. PST March 22. It was Relativity’s third attempt at sending Terran 1 to the cosmos and the nighttime launch was quite a sight to behold. The clarity of the night sky was perfect to see the blue jets of flame cascading out of Terran 1’s nine Aeon 1 engines, all 3D-printed, as the rocket took off.

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SpaceX will attempt another launch of its massive Super Heavy rocket booster and Starship spacecraft April 20, and if it’s successful, the flight will mark the ascent of the largest object SpaceX has ever flown.

Starship was originally scheduled to lift off April 17, but an issue with a pressure valve caused the launch to be delayed. With such a large craft it’s not uncommon for companies like SpaceX to be extra cautious in favor of making sure every miniscule part is in order – especially since SpaceX founder Elon Musk once warned that Starship could have only a 50% chance of reaching orbit on its first launch.

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