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SpaceX’s Starship, the World’s Most Powerful Rocket, Finally Made It Into Orbit

The largest and most powerful rocket ever built has made it to orbit without exploding.

SpaceX launched its Starship rocket for the third time on Thursday morning, and this time everything went according to plan. The enormous rocket's first two flight tests both ended in what SpaceX euphemistically calls "rapid unscheduled disassemblies," but this time, Starship made it to space, parted ways with Falcon Heavy, and nudged itself into orbit. Starship and its Falcon Heavy booster blasted off from the SpaceX launch facility near Boca Chica, Texas at 9:25 ET.

Mission controllers lost contact with Starship during its re-entry over the Indian Ocean, shortly after data showed that the spacecraft had reached very high temperatures on its way through the atmosphere.

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Time Travel on a Budget

When Jared Moshe’s son was born, he suddenly found himself thinking about time travel.

"I was thrust into a world that seemed scarier and unstable,” Mosh tells Inverse. “I wanted to control everything. So, being a filmmaker, I decided to explore those feelings through my work. I’d had the idea for a ‘gun that murders people in the past’ for a while, and it always just seemed too big and broad. Then, I realized I could use that sci-fi hook as a way into the story I wanted to tell about parenthood."

That idea evolved into Aporia, a 2023 sci-fi drama about Sophie (Judy Greer), a widow struggling with grief after her husband Malcolm was killed by a drunk driver.

Aporia is part of a minor phenomenon in sci-fi: the indie time-travel movie. While there’s no shortage of blockbuster time-travel epics (from the many adaptations of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine to Marvel’s $356 million epic crossover Avengers: Endgame), it’s in independent cinema, often headed by scrappy filmmakers working with tiny budgets, where the most ambitious and daring examples of the genre lie.

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