SpaceX's returned booster rocket back in hangar

2016-01-05 14:35
The used Falcon 9 first stage rocket is seen in a hangar at Cape Canaveral, Fla. This represents SpaceX’s first successful fly back and landing of a rocket booster on Jan 3 2016. (SpaceX, AP)

The used Falcon 9 first stage rocket is seen in a hangar at Cape Canaveral, Fla. This represents SpaceX’s first successful fly back and landing of a rocket booster on Jan 3 2016. (SpaceX, AP)

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Cape Canaveral – SpaceX's booster rocket, the Falcon, is back in its nest following a historic landing.

The California company led by Elon Musk shared a picture of the returned booster on Sunday. The used Falcon 9 is shown on its side inside a hangar at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Musk says no damage was found.

The booster carried satellites aloft December 21, then flew back to its specified landing zone, a first for an orbital mission. It landed upright on legs.

Musk plans to fire the booster again in a test to demonstrate rocket reusability. This particular booster won't fly again, given its significance. Another booster landing could occur as early as next month on a space station supply run for NASA.

SpaceX wants to reuse rockets to save time and money.

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