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Elon Musk shares sneak peek at SpaceX Raptor engine test firing for a shot at the moon

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Feb 4, 2019, 12:09 PM EST

There’s a kind of giddy energy that surrounds Elon Musk’s SpaceX ambitions. Each of his social media updates seems to up the ante on what to expect from the company’s high-soaring goals, and this newest one finds the tech maverick (literally) fired up.

Less than a month after taking the wraps off a Starship rocket prototype that shines just as bright as The Phantom Menace’s Naboo Royal Starship, Musk has just shared a handful of sneak peeks at the nimble little engine that’ll be powering it all...and it looks like this Raptor has serious claws:

Even though the test firing propels the Raptor around the corner past the proof of concept stage, Musk acknowledged there’s still plenty of engineering kinks to be ironed out, tweeting that future versions will test other configurations aimed at optimizing thrust both in space and at sea level.

Whether it’s a mirror-dazzling Starship rocket that screams “sci-fi movie” while only whispering “NASA,” or a teenager’s enthusiasm for watching this Raptor engine light up for the public for the first time, SpaceX always delivers its science with a dollop of geeky fun on top.

With Starship’s first moon orbit scheduled to take Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa into space only four short years from now, here’s hoping Musk will have plenty of reasons to share more killer updates before the Raptor finally powers its payload off the launchpad.