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Jeff Bezos Blue Origin launches New Shepard rocket 11th time

The firm’s reusable New Shepard rocket lifted off from the West Texas launch site shortly after 9:30 a.m. (EDT) Thursday morning and climbed to an altitude of roughly 346,000 feet before returning back to Earth.
It touched back down in a 'nice soft landing,' marking the fifth time this particular New Shepard booster has gone to space and back.


 The capsule, which separated prior to apogee and briefly allowed the on-board payloads to experience 'some nice, clean microgravity,' deployed its parachutes and landed not long after.
'A beautiful, beautiful launch and landing of the booster and the capsule today,' said Blue Origin's Arianne Cornell during live coverage of the launch.

While there weren't any people on board, New Shepard took off carrying 38 microgravity research payloads, including a slew of classroom-developed projects from the non-profit Teachers in Space.

This also includes nine NASA-supported payloads, according to the space agency.

‘It’s such a huge milestone,’ said Teachers in Space President Elizabeth Kennick ahead of the flight.

‘This opens the door to flying more experiments for more schools, and that means exposing more teachers and students to the promise of spaceflight.’



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