Elon Musk released a photo of his latest rocket, and it already delivers on his promise of looking like liquid silver

elon musk starship test hopper stainless steel illustration rendering twitter january 2019 insider 4x3An illustration of SpaceX’s “test hopper,” an experimental stainless-steel ship. Though it won’t launch into space, the vehicle will help Elon Musk’s rocket company work on a large and similar Starship spacecraft for reaching Mars.Elon Musk/SpaceX via Twitter; Samantha Lee/Business Insider

  • Elon Musk tweeted an image of an experimental rocket that will help him get to mars.
  • The so-called “test hopper” will not enter orbit when it launches in the coming weeks, but will inform how SpaceX works toward a full-scale prototype of the Mars Starship.
  • Musk has described Starship as a “Tintin” rocket, referring to the famous 20th-century Belgian comics series.

Elon Musk has published a photo of an experimental rocket that will help him achieve his mission of conquering Mars.

After teasing the spaceship earlier this month, Musk posted a picture of the vehicle — dubbed the “test hopper” — in real life on Friday from SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

As Business Insider’s Dave Mosher noted earlier this month, the rocket carries the test hopper moniker because it is not designed to orbit the earth. Instead, the windowless ship will rocket on “hops” that go no more than about 16,400 feet in the air.

In simple terms, it’s an experimental vehicle whose successes (or failures) will inform how SpaceX works toward a full-scale, orbit-ready prototype of Starship, which could one day ferry up to 100 people and 150 tons of cargo to Mars.

Read more: Elon Musk said SpaceX is on track to launch people to Mars within 6 years — here’s the full timeline of his plans to colonize the red planet

In a tweet explaining the rocket, Musk made clear it is for “suborbital” tests. The orbital version will be “taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section,” Musk added. The operational ship will also have windows once it is complete. In a tweet earlier this month, Musk said the rocket would run its first test in between four to eight weeks, nearly a year ahead of schedule.

Musk has said the final Starship rocket will look like “liquid silver” during the blazing-hot reentry into Earth’s or Mars’ atmosphere. But because of test hopper’s imperfections, like the ridges between the steel panels, it already has a liquid silver shine.

SpaceX fans have also been posting images of the ship:

A full-scale Starship is scheduled to launch people for the first time in 2023. Musk has said he hopes to launch the first crews to Mars in the mid-2020s, perhaps as early as 2024, to arrive at the red planet in 2025.

He has described Starship as a “Tintin” rocket, referring to the famous 20th-century Belgian comics series. “I love the ‘Tintin’ rocket design, so I kind of wanted to bias it towards that,” he said during a press conference in September.

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Final Fantasy X, X-2 and XII come to the Switch this April

If you’ve wrapped up Octopath Traveler and are patiently waiting for Dragon Quest XI to reach the Switch, good news: Square Enix has a bunch of classic JRPGs heading to Nintendo’s portable-console hybrid. The remastered versions of Final Fantasy X and X-2, which came to the PlayStation 3 and Vita in 2013, will be available for Switch owners on April 16th. They’ll be joined by Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, which was remastered for the PlayStation 4 in 2017, on April 30th. All three are hefty role-playing games that should keep you busy for weeks, if not months.

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Meditate, improve focus, and be happier in 2019: These courses and apps are on sale

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Stressing out about stuff is so last year.
Stressing out about stuff is so last year.
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New year, new you, new… brain?

Before you ask, no — we’re not going to force you through a Get Out-inspired transplant. We’re merely recommending you subscribe to one of these seven affordable brain-training bundles and apps so that your mind’s in shape this year. 

Whether you want to start practicing meditation, improving your focus, or learning strategies to become more confident, these course collections and tools will upgrade your brain for a healthier, happier 2019.

Here’s what’s on sale:

This four-part bundle contains almost 20 hours of neurologically proven strategies that can help you reprogram your brain for improved productivity and focus. Included are two courses on rewiring your brain, one class on improving your focus and learning how to multitask, and one course about boosting your comprehension via speed-reading techniques.

A $597.98 value, lifetime access to the Supercharged Brain Training Bundle is yours for only $19.99 — a 96% savings.

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Discover how to brain-hack your way to happiness and create lasting change by signing up for this four-class bundle. You’ll begin with a crash course on reaching your true potential, then find out how to unlock confidence and create the life of your dreams using expert-approved strategies. You’ll wrap up your education with a course that revolves around 27 surprising life lessons from the likes of Steve Jobs and Buddha.

Normally $514.97, lifetime access to the Habits of Happiness Bundle just went on sale for $19.99 — a savings of 96%.

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Kick burnout and anxiety to the curb with the help of this eight-part education in mindfulness and meditation. Geared towards beginners with little experience in either practice, this straightforward training will show you the path to inner peace, self-discovery, and overall well-being.

You’d pay $1,089.94 if you bought each of its courses separately, but with the Complete Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness Bundle, they’re just $29.51 altogether.

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Pay whatever what you want for this eight-part collection of sleeping and stress-busting tips. Enroll today to find out how to practice effective meditation and discover practical tools that’ll get your sleep schedule back on track — knowledge that’ll help you develop a lifelong friendship with your body.

A $1,592 value, you’ll get lifetime access to the entire Better Sleep & Meditation Course Bundle if you beat the average price. Pay anything less, and you’ll still take home something great. 

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HD video lessons and science-backed lectures cover all things mindfulness throughout this three-part learning bundle. Included is a class taught by the co-founder of Wisdom Labs, a learning consultancy that aims to activate the art and science of mindfulness.

Valued at $87, the Mindful Living Bundle featuring Wisdom Labs is currently on sale for just $25 — a savings of 71%.

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Downloading the Aware app is like putting a mindfulness personal trainer on speed dial: you can access its expertise anytime, anywhere, right on your phone. It boasts a massive library of meditation courses, features expert-taught sessions, and comes equipped with an intelligent algorithm that provides daily meditation and breathing exercises.

Head over to the Mashable Shop ASAP, where you’ll find lifetime subscriptions to Aware Mindfulness on sale for just $29 apiece — 61% off the original price of $74.99.

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Financial stress, relationship worries, and insomnia are no match for the Breethe app. It’s packed with bedtime stories and music, guided meditation exercises, relaxing audio tracks, and more — everything you need to start living more mindfully.

A $399.99 value, Mashable readers can score a lifetime subscription to the Breethe Meditation and Sleep app for just $99.99 for a limited time.


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James Corden and Ashley Graham don't want you to diet this January and they wrote a song about it

Every January, companies get real busy telling us it’s about time we all lost some weight. As if January didn’t suck enough already.  

Well, James Corden and supermodel Ashley Graham are here to tell us that we actually don’t need to do any of that. 

In a cover version of Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are” performed on The Late Late Show, Graham and Corden reminded all of us that we don’t need to change our bodies for other people. 

No matter what else might be wrong with us… 

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R. Kelly's daughter issues statement calling her father a 'monster' and pledging support to his accusers

R. Kelly performs at Little Caesars Arena on February 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan
R. Kelly performs at Little Caesars Arena on February 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan
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R. Kelly’s estranged daughter has released a statement addressing his accusers, calling her father “terrible” and a “monster”. In the statement, she expressed her support for the survivors of the alleged abuse. 

Buku Abi — whose given name is Joann Kelly — posted the statement on her Instagram Story on Thursday. 

The statement comes after the release of Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, detailing R. Kelly’s history of alleged sexual abuse. 

“Buku here,” began Abi’s statement. “I just want to say a few things. Before I start I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say or do not say is to hurt ANY party reading or affected by this.”

Image: Instagram / @bu.k.u

Image: Instagram / @bu.k.u

“My mother, siblings, and I would never condone, support or be a part of ANYTHING negative he has done and or continues to do in his life,” she continued. 

In the statement, Abi noted that she is no longer in contact with her father, stating that anyone who knows her is aware that she does not “have a relationship” with R. Kelly. 

“To the people who feel I should be speaking up/against everything that is going on right now. I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently,” she added. The statement continued, saying: 

I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless. That is my last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father’s actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all this. The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for MY healing. I have to do & move in a manner that is best for me.

Abi ended the statement with a message to all those who’ve reached out to her and her family with support.

“You all fuel us. Family, friends, fans, etc … I love you guys to pieces,” read the statement. “Your love is appreciated & will always be reciprocated.”

If you have experienced sexual abuse, call the free, confidential National Sexual Assault hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or access the 24-7 help online by visiting online.rainn.org.

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