New Shepard on the launch pad at Jeff Bezos’s Corn Ranch. | Texas’s tallest mountain, Guadalupe Peak, looms in the distance.
Amazon.com founder Bezos pushes envelope with New Shepard.
The nation’s 26th largest landowner, Jeff Bezos, made history on his 290,000-acre Corn Ranch in late November. Best known as the founder of Amazon.com, Bezos is also the driving force behind Blue Origin, a company whose goal is to make space travel available to paying astronauts. His team took a giant step forward on Nov. 23 by successfully launching and safely landing New Shepard’s unmanned capsule and its vertical landing booster rocket. The space vehicle raced at Mach 3 and reached an altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers). Watch the historic takeoff and landing of New Shepard on the 290,000-acre Corn Ranch and from the upper atmosphere here.