Blue Origin’s Rocket Launches, and Lands


Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard rocket successfully landed after a test launch on Monday.

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This time, Jeffrey P. Bezos’s rocket went up — and it came down in one piece.

Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has been investing some of his wealth in space dreams, establishing a rocket company called Blue Origin.

On Monday, Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket 329,839 feet, or 100.5 kilometers, above its launch site in West Texas, reaching just above the 100-kilometer altitude that is considered the beginning of outer space.

A capsule that is to eventually carry paying passengers on suborbital jaunts separated and successfully descended to the ground under parachutes. The rocket itself then turned around and, firing its engines again, landed back at the launchpad.

“It was a totally nominal flight,” Mr. Bezos said in an interview. “We’re walking on cloud 9. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”

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