WATCH: Blue Origin's Historic West Texas Launch


VANHORN, TX – The owner of Amazon and leader of the Blue Origin campaign Jeff Bezos his younger brother, Mark, Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk, an 82-year-old female aviation pioneer, and Oliver Daemen, 18, made history on Tuesday morning after going to space.

The rocket named after Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to go to space, New Shepard is the reusable suborbital rocket system designed to take astronauts and research payloads past the Kármán line – the internationally recognized boundary of space. 

In the flight that took place on Jul. 20 the crew successfully took the New Shepard into space and successfully landed. Below is the full video of the launch and landing.

The rocket is made up of six parts:

  1. Crew Capsule - Pressurized crew capsule environmentally controlled for comfort with room for six and the largest windows to have flown in space.
  2. Ring & Wedge Fins - Aero dynamically designed to stabilize the booster and reduce fuel use on its flight back to Earth. 
  3. Drag Brakes - Deploy from the ring to reduce the booster's speed by half on its descent from space.
  4. Engine - The BE-3 (Blue Engine 3) propels the rocket to space and restarts for a controlled pinpoint landing on the pad. The uniquely throttleable engine slows the booster down to just 5 mph for landing.
  5. Aft Fins - Stabilize the vehicle during ascent, steer it back to the landing pad on descent, and guide the rocket through airspeeds of up to Mach 4.
  6. Landing Gear - All rockets take off, not all rockets land. As a fully reusable rocket, the New Shepard booster uses landing gear that deploys for touchdown.

Blue Origin was founded by Jeff Bezos with the vision of enabling a future where millions of people are living and working in space to benefit Earth. In order to preserve Earth, Blue Origin believes that humanity will need to expand, explore, find new energy and material resources, and move industries that stress Earth into space. Blue is working on this today by developing partially and fully reusable launch vehicles that are safe, low cost and serve the needs of all civil, commercial and defense customers.

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This is what you get with pure capitalism, people eating out of trashcans with no access to healthcare while someone with more money than they could ever spend in a lifetime flying themselves to space for bragging rights.

Note that am not advocating for another system, I am simply saying there should be limits and super ultra rich people should be taxed at a much much higher rate.

Oh yeah democrats puff themselves all up and say we should “tax the rich”, then make exceptions for people like Bezos and Zuckerberg along with whichever companies fall in line with their socialist agenda.

We heard it over and over again during the election when Biden talked about creating “good, high paying UNION jobs”…although one of the first things he did was shut down the Keystone pipeline because the petroleum industry stands in the way of their “Green New Deal”.

Bezos and Zuckerberg should be taxed to the max also. I don't think that I have heard anyone say that anyone should be exempt.

“Not that I’m advocating for another system”

Stop lying you’ve claimed before that trickle down economics, the basis for the capitalist system, doesn’t work ;)

"trickle down economics" doesn't work, the wealthy just hoard money in tax havens, and it isn't the basis for capitalism, it didn't come around until Reagan in the 1980's, although I think the idea had been around since the late 1800's. If you like Reagan's ideas so much maybe we should implement his immigration policies, he made most undocumented immigrants (emigrants?) legal in the mid 80's.  

Newsflash It’s no longer the 80’s we can no longer bear the burden created by allowing anyone and everyone into our country!



You demo libs have so much to learn. Unfortunately it will be at the expense of everyone…republicans and democrats alike!

Of course democrats aren’t worried Uncle Sugar is going to take care of us all ;)

On a side note…the shape of Bezos’ rocket reminds me of that scene from the movie “The Spy who Shagged Me” lol.

You are so full of it! Capitalism is all about freedom and opportunity I wouldn’t expect someone like you to understand ;)

I have seen 4 recessions in my lifetime. I have seen 3 people I know go from doing what they should (degree, good jobs, house, kids) to bankrupt and nearly on the street because one of them got sick and medical bills wiped them out. I know two people who were set up by the police and found guilty of crimes they didn't do, one of which was set right on appeal, but still can't get back into their field of work because of the arrest for a crime that the police falsified evidence on, yet those officers that planted the evidence and were caught doing so still have their jobs. Billionaires like bezos pay 0 taxes and goto space on the backs of a labor force paid slave wages (Walmart too), so little in fact they have to use government money to even be able to afford to live, then they are called "welfare queens". None of the businesses and banks that screwed the market up and caused the 2008 recession recieved any punishment, yet the guy who steals a loaf of bread to feed his family because of that recession gets 20 years in prison. The government bails out "to big to fail" companies and nobody bats an eye, but when the people of this country desperately need heathcare because people are going into poverty because of it we can't have it because that's "socialism". This country is dying because certain people refuse to help their fellow Americans because they see them as enemies since that is what the rich people tell them to think. I understand your "freedom and opportunity" perfectly.

Ah those “evil” rich people. You know, the ones that create the jobs. Go ahead and tax the “producers” out of existence and see what happens!

Won't someone just fill the gap in that market? Isn't that what capitalism is? Or are you unknowingly admitting that capitalism doesn't work when not well regulated? Besides rich people don't have anywhere they can go that will allow them to both be comfortable and keep their money. Most countries that are comfortable have higher tax rates than the US and most countries that have low tax rates are not conducive to a wealthy persons lifestyle. Remember the US taxes people who are US citizens whether they live in the US or not, so if they wanted to avoid even the small amount (% wise) of taxes that some of them pay, then they would have to give up US citizenship. Not to mention quite a few of those "loopholes" they use to avoid taxes would be null if they didn't live on US soil. The US used to have high tax rates for the ultra wealthy from the 30's up until the the mid 80's, even going as high as over 90% in the late 50's and early 60's. You want to fix the debt you only seem to care about when democrats are in office? Tax the rich. Instead republicans (and some democrats) give tax cuts to their rich donors and make the middle class pay for everything.

Go ahead and give more money and power over to the federal government they’ve been proven to be such great stewards of both ;)

Yeah, I will admit you do actually have a point, but historically the biggest spenders and adders to the debt have been republicans. Trump added nearly as much debt in 4 years as Obama did in 8.

To demo libs it’s not about equal opportunity, it’s about equal outcome.

Now if you’ll excuse me I need to ship more money to my offshore account my sea container is getting full!

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