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Bezos' Blue Origin successfully tests escape pod

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>> Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, taking a big step Wednesday towards making space tourism a reality. A self proclaimed turtle in the space race, the company backed by Amazon's billionaire founder successfully testing the emergency escape pod on its new Shepherd capsule. The safety system check, a major advance in Blue Origin's goal of sending paying customers more than 60 miles above the Earth's surface by 2018.
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Might not sound like much, but that's high enough for passengers to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the Earth against the backdrop of space. The new Shepard had flown four times before, each time executing a successful vertical landing. This was the first attempt though, to activate the escape pod and it went better than expected.
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Not only did Blue Origin recover the emergency vessel,>> And touchdown.>> But it also got back the booster, which the company had expected would tip over and crash in a fireball>> But instead, landed intact on the desert floor. But even though it survived, the New Shepard won't be taking any more flights.
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Bezos has said he plans to retire the rocket to a museum.