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SpaceX’s returned booster rocket back in hangar

/ 08:49 AM January 05, 2016
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In this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, photo, provided by SpaceX, 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. This leftover booster returned to land, following liftoff on a satellite-delivery mission, on Dec. 21, 2015. AP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — 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 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 Dec. 21, then flew back to its specified landing zone, a first for an orbital mission. It landed upright on legs.

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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.

READ: Christmas delivery: 1st US space station shipment in months

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