Start Me Up: Space launch ends in failure but marks a new era for UK space exploration


History was made in Cornwall, UK last night (Monday 10) as the first orbital space launch from UK soil took place in Newquay.

The mission, titled Start Me Up and inspired by the 1981 Rolling Stones hit of the same name, saw the ‘Cosmic Girl’ repurposed 747 jet take off from SpacePort Cornwall (Newquay Airport).

Whilst not a vertical launch like we are used to seeing in conventional NASA missions, for example, the launch marked a historical moment for both the UK and Cornwall, home to gasworld.

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