SpaceX’s next-generation Starship spacecraft lifts off from the company’s Boca Chica launchpad in Texas, US, on a brief uncrewed test flight before exploding on April 20, 2023 [File: Go Nakamura/Reuters] Conservation groups have sued the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), challenging its approval of expanded rocket launch operations by Elon Musk’s SpaceX next to a national wildlife refuge in South Texas without requiring greater environmental study.

The lawsuit filed on Monday comes on the heels of the April 20 test flight of SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket, which ended with the space vehicle exploding over the Gulf of Mexico . […]

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