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New Shepard craft for astronauts aces launch

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Blue Origin just took another big step toward human spaceflight.

The company, which is run by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, launched its first upgraded New Shepard spacecraft for astronauts, the RSS First Step, on an uncrewed suborbital test flight from West Texas today (Jan. 14).

"The success of this flight puts us one really big step closer to flying astronauts," said Blue Origin's Ariane Cornell, director of astronaut and orbital sales, during a live webcast.

"There's going to be a lot of fun ahead in 2021."

Full story from Space dot com via MSN: Link

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