U.S. markets closed
  • S&P 500

    3,934.38
    -29.13 (-0.73%)
     
  • Dow 30

    33,476.46
    -305.02 (-0.90%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    11,004.62
    -77.39 (-0.70%)
     
  • Russell 2000

    1,796.66
    -21.63 (-1.19%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    71.59
    +0.13 (+0.18%)
     
  • Gold

    1,809.40
    +7.90 (+0.44%)
     
  • Silver

    23.68
    +0.43 (+1.87%)
     
  • EUR/USD

    1.0545
    -0.0014 (-0.14%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    3.5670
    +0.0760 (+2.18%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.2250
    +0.0012 (+0.10%)
     
  • USD/JPY

    136.5700
    -0.0600 (-0.04%)
     
  • BTC-USD

    17,150.46
    -70.72 (-0.41%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    402.11
    -4.14 (-1.02%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    7,476.63
    +4.46 (+0.06%)
     
  • Nikkei 225

    27,901.01
    +326.58 (+1.18%)
     

SpaceX Starship booster explodes during prototype test, NASA releases images from Webb telescope

Yahoo Finance Live takes a look at Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's reaction to a failed prototype launch test, as well as the first color photos of outer space taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Video Transcript

DAVE BRIGGS: All right, some good news if you're one of Elon Musk's nine kids. Dad is pretty chill when it comes to reacting to his own creations disappointing him. Case in point, Elon's reaction to a SpaceX rocket bursting into flames during a ground test firing Monday. His reaction was this-- "Yeah, actually not good." Now you get my point, don't you, Seana?

SEANA SMITH: I got it.

DAVE BRIGGS: All right, so this could complicate Elon's plans for launching the Starship into orbit this year. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, though, NASA's James Webb telescope giving the world our deepest and sharpest look at the distant universe. President Biden, Vice President Harris, and NASA have been rolling out these images you're looking at on your screen right now since Monday, and they have been spectacular, Rachelle, each one kind of unlocking its own mystery about the universe. It's just been wonderful to see.

RACHELLE AKUFFO: I mean, I think it just-- it makes you feel very small when you consider just how much we still don't know about the universe. And I think when you consider some of these early pictures that we had with the Hubble telescope versus what we're seeing now with this James Webb Deep Space Telescope, I mean, it looks unreal. It looks like something you'd see on "Avatar." The crispness and the detail of something that is billions of years away, I find it incredible. I feel very humbled by it.

SEANA SMITH: Yeah, it is incredible. I mean, it shows the creation of stars. I'm not even a space, science huge fan, geek, but it's really, really cool looking at these images. And really, what this means for the future of space, for the future of, I guess, just science and astronomy here going forward and what we could learn about everything that has happened in the past, I think, is very exciting.

DAVE BRIGGS: And is there life out there? Let's be honest.

SEANA SMITH: That's what we wanna know.

DAVE BRIGGS: There certainly are questions about if, in fact, we'll discover signs of life somewhere out there in the universe. 13 billion light years, some of these images are that far away and essentially the equivalent of a grain of sand at arm's length. And yet, we're seeing spectacular images of them via infrared light. This telescope a bit controversial, tens of billions of dollars over cost, decades late. But now it kind of feels like, OK, I get it. It paid off.

SEANA SMITH: Certainly.

DAVE BRIGGS: We're understanding the universe a little bit better.

RACHELLE AKUFFO: And I think maybe people who perhaps weren't interested in space travel, perhaps now that you see that there's a lot more out there to see, maybe-- I mean, I'd be interested in going.