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New Shepard rocket survives successful in-flight capsule escape test

It was an unexpected double success for Blue Origin, as the private spaceflight company carried out its first in-flight test of its crew capsule escape system this Wednesday. At about 8:42 am PDT, the unmanned capsule touched down on the floor of the West Texas desert after successfully rocketing away from its New Shephard booster. But in an unexpected twist, the reusable launch stage also survived and landed safely for the fifth time after a brief journey into space.
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