For the first time in history, a rocket that launched a payload to space has landed upright back on Earth. Blue Origin's New Shepard, named in honor of the first American in space, reached an altitude of 62.5 miles (100.5 km), just past the boundary of space, while its booster re-ignited its engine and touched down just four and a half feet from where it lifted off in West Texas. The historic flight took place on Monday (Nov. 23).
For the first time in history, a rocket used to launch a payload into space has returned to Earth and landed upright. Blue Origin's New Shepard sub-orbital capsule flew 62.5 miles high (100.5 km), just past the internationally-recognized boundary of space.
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