This week SpaceX conducted their first firing test of the Raptor engine, which is the propulsion system that the company will use to take humans to Mars one day.

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX tweeted some images of these tests, showing a number of looks at the flames that were emanating from the engine, as well as another showing “Mach diamonds”, which are patterns that are formed in the exhaust plumes.

We don’t yet know much about the specifications for this Raptor engine, but Elon Musk did say that it has a goal of producing a “specific impulse of 382 seconds and thrust of 3 MN (~310 metric tons) at 300 bar”.

Previously, he also said that it would be able to deliver around 500,000 pounds of liftoff thrust, which is huge, but certainly needed if you want to go as far as Mars.

That all said, there’s certainly more that could be revealed.

We will let you know as it is revealed, in the meantime, you can check out those tweets from Elon Musk below.

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