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Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX successfully landed is 'ready to fire again'

SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 rocket successfully made it back to Earth last month, touching down gently at Cape Canaveral after traveling out of our atmosphere, into space, and back again. Now, SpaceX boss Elon Musk says, the rocket is ready for another mission.

In an Instagram picture, posted a few hours before the new year was set to start on the east coast of the United States, Musk showed the Falcon 9 rocket in its Cape Canaveral hangar. "No damage found," he wrote, noting that the rocket was "ready to fire again." It's not yet clear when a mission that will use the veteran craft will take place, but if SpaceX can regularly re-use rockets on its jaunts into space, then it could potentially save itself a lot of money — Musk says that a Falcon 9 costs $60 million to build, but only $200,000 to fuel.

Falcon 9 back in the hangar at Cape Canaveral. No damage found, ready to fire again.

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