NASA moon-landing technology hitches ride to space on Bezos rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company launched a New Shepard rocket for a seventh time from a remote corner of Texas on Tuesday, testing new lunar-landing technology for NASA that could help put astronauts back on the moon.

The entire flight — barely skimming space with a peak altitude of 66 miles (106 kilometers) — lasted just 10 minutes. The booster landed vertically back at the launch complex after liftoff, and the capsule followed, parachuting onto the desert floor.

The capsule carried science experiments, including 1.2 million tomato seeds that will be distributed to schoolchildren around the U.S. and Canada, and tens of thousands of children’s postcards with space-themed drawings that will be returned to the young senders.

NASA’s navigation equipment for future moon landings was located on the booster. The sensors and computer — tested during the booster’s descent and touchdown — will hitch another

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Blue Origin to launch NASA’s new moon-landing technology into space

  • Blue Origin, the rocket company owned by Jeff Bezos, is about to launch a test flight to try out new moon-landing technologies for NASA.
  • NASA developed high-precision sensors, software, and a new computer to help spacecraft land in rocky or shadowy areas of the moon or Mars.
  • It paid Blue Origin $3 million to test those new technologies.
  • If they work as planned, the landing systems should deliver the company’s New Shepard rocket safely back to Earth on Tuesday.
  • You can watch the 12-minute launch and landing live.
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Jeff Bezos’s rocket company, Blue Origin, is preparing to launch a suite of new high-precision moon-landing technologies into space for NASA, then test their mettle with a touchdown back on Earth.

The company’s New Shepard rocket is set to lift off from a launchpad in West Texas at 8:35 a.m. CDT on Tuesday. From there,

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