Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos proudly announced how his private spaceflight company, Blue Origin, made history Monday by successfully lreturning a used rocket to Earth and landing it.
Blue Origin made the successful landing in the space company's launch site in the desert of West Texas.
The flight and recovery of the New Shepard vehicle beat Elon Musk's SpaceX in the quest to build a reusable rocket, a central goal for companies trying to cut the cost of lofting freight and astronauts into Earth's orbit, Bloomberg reports.
Bezos, feeling rightfully proud, chose this achievement to the topic of his first ever tweet.
He also shared a video documenting the launch and landing of the New Shephard Rocket.
"Rockets have always been expendable. Not anymore. Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts, a used rocket...Full reuse is a game changer, and we can't wait to fuel up and fly again," Bezos said in a blog post following what he hailed as New Shepard's "flawless" mission, according to Fox News.
Private space companies like Blue Origin and SpaceX have been in the race to create recyclable rockets, not just to lessen the cost of space travels, but also to make it possible for space tourism to happen. It can also greatly help in exploration and research. Until the recent achievement of Blue Origin, rockets launched in space have either burned up in the atmosphere or ended up crashing in the sea, according to CNet.
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