BOLSA CHICA, Texas (KABC) -- SpaceX suffered a setback Wednesday night when its prototype Mars spacecraft, nicknamed "Starhopper," was supposed to lift about 65 feet off the ground during a test in Bolsa Chica, Texas.
Instead, it spewed flames and smoke, then shut down.
The experimental craft did not appear to be damaged.
Starhopper is an early pre-cursor to a rocket called "Starship," which is expected to carry people into space as soon as 2023.
VIDEO: SpaceX aborts Starhopper prototype test after fire erupts
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