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In Pictures: Blue Origin's New Shepard Capsule Tests In-Flight Abort System

Blue Origin Escape Capsule Parachutes Down to Earth

Blue Origin

Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital vehicle parachutes down to Earth at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 5 after a successful in-flight escape system safety test. Read our full story and watch the video here.

Blue Origin Escape Capsule Deploys Second Parachutes

Blue Origin

At 11:39 a.m. EDT, a second set of parachutes deploy on the Blue Origin escape capsule as it slows down for a smooth landing after a successful test flight on Oct. 5. Read our full story and watch the video here.

Blue Origin New Shepard Capsule Under Parachutes

Blue Origin

Blue Origin's New Shepard crew capsule floats back to Earth under its main parachutes after a dramatic in-flight launch abort test over West Texas at 11:40 a.m. EDT on Oct. 5. Read our full story and watch the video here.

Blue Origin New Shepard 5th Landing

Blue Origin

At 11:44 a.m. EDT, Blue Origin's suborbital New Shepard rocket landed safely on its West Texas pad after a successful in-flight crew capsule abort test on Oct. 5. Read our full story and watch the video here.

Mission Accomplished

Blue Origin

Blue Origin's suborbital New Shepard rocket lands safely on its West Texas pad after a successful in-flight crew capsule abort test on Oct. 5. This was Blue Origin's fifth successful landing of a reusable rocket booster. Read our full story and watch the video here.

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Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.