On April 2 the Jeff Bezos-owned spaceflight company launched the New Shepard rocket to a height of 339,178 feet (about 55 miles) where it then proceeded to fall back to earth. But this was all part of the plan for the suborbital rocket’s latest test. As it approached 3,600 feet, its descent slowed to about four miles an hour and then its thrusters engaged, allowing the rocket to land vertically.
You can check out the New Shepard’s latest journey in the video below. One of the eventual goals of the New Shepard is to launch tourists into space and then land them safely back on earth using the same rocket.