Amazon’s Jeff Bezos could take humans back to Moon in 2024 after testing tech

Jeff Bezos' futuristic rocket is one step closer to taking tourists to the Moon after its seventh test launch on Tuesday.

The Amazon founder's space company, Blue Origin, has developed the New Shepard booster which is set to take humans to the Moon in four years.

The rocket can land vertically on the ground after returning from space and will carry a capsule which boasts the largest ever windows built for space travel.

Bob Smith, Blue Origin's chief executive said: "Today's flight was inspiring. Using New Shepard to simulate landing on the Moon is an exciting precursor to what the Artemis programme will bring to America."

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Nasa wants to try the New Shepard's technology on Earth before it's sent to the Moon.

When the rocket reaches space, the capsule will separate from the booster and both vehicles fall to Earth.

In the test on Tuesday, the capsule gently parachuted down, while the rocket performed a perfect powered landing.

Tuesday's test launch was New Shepard's seventh test ahead of plans for it to carry space tourists on short "sub-orbital" trips.

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Blue Origin's target is for the 60-foot tall rocket to eventually transport passengers up to 62 miles above the Earth.

Those on board will experience microgravity from the comfort of a cabin mounted on top.

Travellers in the pressurised crew capsule will be able to gaze back on earth through the largest windows ever sent into space, measuring 2.4 feet wide and 3.6 feet tall.

Ariane Cornell, director of astronaut and orbital sales at Blue Origin, gave a live tour of the capsule and said: "These are the largest windows to every be flown in space.'

"In fact, over a third of the capsule is windows. Six seats, six windows. Everyone gets a window seat."

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The passenger seats are designed like those inside a helicopter and can recline to a 70-degree angle to eliminate any extra upward pressure during liftoff, and downward pressure on return to Earth.

Crew members can even hold onto designated handles to grip on to while they float in zero gravity.

Cornell added: "Last but not least, we've kitted out the crew capsule with a lot of cameras.

"We want you to be able to share your memories with your loved ones for years to come.

"What is so wonderful about the New Shepard system is that whether you are a tourist like you and me, and you want to go explore the stars or see your home from space.'

"Or you're an astronaut that works for NASA or another space agency, New Shepard is going to be your ride."

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