SpaceX Finishes Building ‘Starship’ Hopper Prototype (Photo)

Assembly of the test-flight version of SpaceX's Mars-colonizing "Starship" vehicle is now complete, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced Thursday night (Jan. 10).

SpaceX Finishes Building 'Starship' Hopper Prototype (Photo)

SpaceX has built itself a shiny new rocket.

Assembly of the test-flight version of SpaceX's Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle is now complete, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced Thursday night (Jan. 10). The suborbital, hopping rocket is a sleek, shiny craft with three prominent fins that end in landing pads.

"Starship test-flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering," Musk said via Twitter. He also posted a photo of the vehicle, which included a spacesuit-clad person for scale. [Images: SpaceX's Giant Spaceship for Mars Colony & Beyond]