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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sets a start record while testing NASA lunar equipment

Blue Origin set a new brand for rocket recycling Tuesday morning by shipping them out New Shepard Spaceship to the edge of space for the seventh time.

The Space company founded and funded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos completed its 13th New Shepard mission from its private launch facility in West Texas while testing some critical equipment for future NASA missions to the moon.

The mission was originally scheduled for late September from the Texas site, but has been delayed several times due to weather and technical problems. It finally left Earth at 6:37 a.m. (8:37 a.m., Texas local time) Tuesday and returned in two parts at the same facility just about 1

0 minutes later.

A new Shepard starts for the seventh time.

Blue Origin video recording by Eric Mack / CNET

A few minutes after firing, the crew capsule that carried most of the experiments separated from the rocket amplifier. The booster returned to earth for a precision landing, while the capsule parachuted back to the surface a few minutes later.

In the future, Blue Origin plans to sell voyages to space for intrepid tourists who will take a ride in the crew capsule.

During its brief stint in zero gravity, Mission NS-13 and its dozen payloads aim to collect amounts of data for a range of tests and experiments, including a demonstration of a lunar landing sensor testing technology for future lunar missions as part of NASA’s Artemis program.

The sensor is the first payload to be mounted outside of New Shepard rather than inside the capsule.

Some of the other payloads aboard this New Shepard flight include a test of a new autonomous growing system of aquatic plants that could supplement a crew’s diet and a new cooling system developed by NASA for spacecraft electronics.

SpaceX, another commercial space outfit directed by a famous billionaire in the form of Elon Musk, has so far used a single Falcon 9 Booster up to six times. It is worth noting, however, that the Falcon 9 is a different class of missile used for more technically complicated orbital missions.

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