Elon Musk's Starship: eight facts about the Mars rocket

The wealthy SpaceX founder is creating the world's most powerful rocket, with the goal of transporting humans to Mars and beyond.

Elon Musk is seeking to construct the world's most powerful rocket to transport humans and goods to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

The Starship is nearing its maiden orbital test flight, which, if successful, will bring the rocket one step closer to mission launch.

Two billionaires have already bought tickets for a ride on the 120-metre-tall Starship, which is being developed by SpaceX.

Jared Isaacman, an American, had a seat on the first crewed flight.

Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese entrepreneur, has purchased seats for the first crewed voyage to the Moon.

SpaceX is also developing a Starship Human Lander for NASA's crewed trips to the Moon as part of the Artemis programme.

What exactly is Starship? Starship is a two-stage rocket system that consists of a booster and a spaceship.

It has been in development at the Starbase launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, for many years.

The rocket has passed high-altitude testing, but it has yet to go in orbit.