On August 27, 2019, SpaceX successfully flew their Starship prototype known as Starhopper from their launch pad at Boca Chica Beach just outside of Brownsville, Texas. The vehicle only rose to about 150 meters, but was the longest flight of their Raptor engine, a full flow staged combustion cycle engine that runs on liquid methane.
This photo was taken from about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the launch. Look at those gorgeous mach diamonds! Oh over-expansion, you may may be inefficient, but you sure are beautiful!
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Photo by Tim Dodd (the Everyday Astronaut)
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