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Blue Origin’s rocketeers get holiday photo op with scorched New Shepard spaceship

What number of holiday events allow you to get your image taken with a fully reusable rocket ship that’s been to space and back five times? There’s been a minimum of one, at Blue Origin’s manufacturing facility in Kent, Wash.

The shindig gave staff and their households the possibility to get up shut and private with the New Shepard booster and capsule, that are present process evaluation in Kent after greater than a 12 months’s price of flight checks.

As soon as the engineers at Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ area enterprise study as a lot as they’ll in regards to the craft and the way it carried out, the {hardware} will probably be handed over to a museum for show. A brand new New Shepard will go into service for the following suborbital flight check at Blue Origin’s West Texas launch web site.

Footage from the holiday occasion confirmed up over the weekend on Twitter and Reddit. “Can I be your +1 subsequent 12 months then?” one Redditor requested.

The @BlueOrigin #NewShepard booster and crew capsule after retirement,

— Alasdair Allan (@aallan) December 11, 2016

Joyful holidays from myself, @ParolePerdute, and a frivolously used rocket.

— Brandon Haber (@malderi) December 11, 2016

Rocket selfie! Welcome house, PM4! @blueorigin #blueorigin #gradatimferociter

— The Different Dr. Phil (@everphilski) December 11, 2016

Joyful holidays from Blue Origin ? Celebrating the 2016 milestones, and searching ahead to what the upcoming 12 months brings! #GradatimFerociter

— Megs (@megsylhydrazine) December 11, 2016

A few Redditors marveled on the scorch marks on Blue Origin’s booster, which withstood a blast from the capsule’s escape rocket motor throughout its final flight check in October.

“I hope they gained’t repaint it earlier than placing it up for show. The scorching actually reveals off what it went via through the capsule escape check,” one wrote.

One other commenter agreed: “If it’s all painted up and fairly, they may as effectively simply donate a mockup. One of many nice issues about seeing previous NASA gear in museums is that they nonetheless have scorch marks from re-entry. A visible testomony to the hell the tools went via.”

Seattle’s Museum of Flight would like to have the {hardware}, scorch marks and all. But it surely’s as much as Bezos and Blue Origin to resolve the place the primary spacefaring New Shepard goes, and when.

I, for one, am rooting for the house staff.

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