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Blue Origin shoots NASA experiments into space in test

by MARCIA DUNN , AP Aerospace Writer

JANUARY 23, 2019 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, launched NASA experiments into space Wednesday on a brief test flight.

130244In this image from video made available by Blue Origin, the New Shepard capsule and booster lifts off from the company's site in west Texas. Jeff Bezos' rocket company launched NASA experiments into space on the brief test flight.Blue Origin via APThe New Shepard rocket blasted off from West Texas, hoisting a capsule containing the experiments. The eight experiments were exposed to a few minutes of weightlessness, before the capsule parachuted down. The rocket also landed successfully, completing its fourth spaceflight.

"That, everybody, is a reusable rocket," said launch commentator Ariane Cornell, director of astronaut and orbital sales. "Welcome home, New Shepard."

This was Blue Origin's 10th test flight, all precursors to launching passengers by year's end. The capsules have six windows, one for each customer.

130243In this image from video made available by Blue Origin, the New Shepard capsule lands at the company's site in west Texas. Jeff Bezos' rocket company launched NASA experiments into space on the brief test flight.Blue Origin via APBlue Origin isn't taking reservations just yet. Instead, the Kent, Washington, company is focusing on brief research flights.

Wednesday's flight lasted just over 10 minutes, with the capsule reaching 66 miles high, or 107 kilometers, well within the accepted boundary of space. The experiments featured electronics, rocket fuel, dust particles and biological imaging equipment.

New Shepard is named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard. The company is also developing an orbital-class rocket, New Glenn, which will soar from Cape Canaveral. It's named after the first American to orbit Earth, John Glenn.

130245In this image from video made available by Blue Origin, the New Shepard booster lands the company's site in west Texas. Jeff Bezos' rocket company launched NASA experiments into space on the brief test flight.Blue Origin via APBezos is the founder of Amazon.
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