Yesterday in West Texas, Blue Origin launched its New Shepard spacecraft on its sixth suborbital test flight. The capsule normally descends using three parachutes, but on Sunday, just two were used to show the spacecraft could still land safely in the event of a parachute mishap.
It was also the fourth flight of the company's reusable booster rocket, which lands upright after blasting New Shepard to the edge of space. Both the booster and capsule performed well, judging from video commentary as well as tweets from Blue Origin and the company's founder, Jeff Bezos.
For the first time, Blue Origin provided a live webcast of the flight. Yesterday was Father's Day here in the United States, and on Twitter, Bezos tried to entice Dads to tune in with their kids to watch the flight. (It was a good idea, but personally, I passed on the offer.)
If you're looking for a full news recap, check out the usual great specialty space coverage by outlets like Spaceflight Now, SpaceNews and NASASpaceflight.com. Also, there are nice takes by Mashable, The Verge (GIFs galore!) and GeekWire.
Here's a pretty picture and video roundup. You can watch Blue Origin's full, 50-minute webcast replay here, or just watch this highlight reel:
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Blue Origin also released three high-resolution photographs:
Here's another high-res shot from Twitter:
And finally, what launch is complete without Gradatim Ferociter (Latin for step by step, ferociously—the company's motto) cowboy boots?