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Bezos Launches and Lands Reusable Rocket

New Shepard on the launch pad at Jeff Bezos’s Corn Ranch. Texas’s tallest mountain, Guadalupe Peak, looms in the distance.
New Shepard on the launch pad at Jeff Bezos’s Corn Ranch. | Texas’s tallest mountain, Guadalupe Peak, looms in the distance.

Amazon.com founder Bezos pushes envelope with New Shepard.

The nation’s 26th largest landowner, Jeff Bezos, made history on his 290,000-acre Corn Ranch in late November. Best known as the founder of Amazon.com, Bezos is also the driving force behind Blue Origin, a company whose goal is to make space travel available to paying astronauts. His team took a giant step forward on Nov. 23 by successfully launching and safely landing New Shepard’s unmanned capsule and its vertical landing booster rocket. The space vehicle raced at Mach 3 and reached an altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers). Watch the historic takeoff and landing of New Shepard on the 290,000-acre Corn Ranch and from the upper atmosphere here.

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