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See Blue Origin's New Shepherd Landing From the Rocket's Point of View

by Devin Coldewey /

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Rocket launches are fun to watch — particularly when they go right — and as private spaceflight companies like Blue Origin and SpaceX have shown recently, so are rocket landings.

Here's one, Blue Origin's New Shepherd coming down on Jan. 22, from a perspective you likely haven't seen before: the rocket itself. The rocket launched from and landed at the company's testing facility in West Texas.

SpaceX and Blue Origin have been dueling over various pioneering efforts in spaceflight: Both have now recovered launched rockets, though the latter company, owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, is the first to reuse one.

Related: SpaceX Makes History: Falcon 9 Launches, Lands Vertically

Of course, as rival Elon Musk has been quick to point out before, the two rockets are very different: New Shepherd is a smaller, lighter option for getting to the edge of space, while SpaceX's Falcon 9 is for delivering much heavier cargo into orbit.

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