Retro Rocket. Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship is looking more and more like something straight out of Amazing Stories. The latest renders put the steel rocket in space, heading back into the earth’s atmosphere and landing on Mars as its unusual hexagonal heat shields glow and a plasma surrounds the spaceship. These renders are not just pretty pictures. They tell us more about how the ship will fly, how the shields will work and how a special transpiration cooling might create that other-worldly glow. We’re still a long way from Starship liftoff and eventual Moon and Mars missions, but it’s still exciting to see that the future of spaceflight looks a lot like how some guy in the 1950s imagined it.