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Bezos' Rocket Is 1 Step Closer to Safe Space Travel

Getting humans safely evacuated from a burning rocket is a key step for safe human space travel

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    The moment of separation during Blue Origin's New Shepard in-flight escape test in Texas on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is inching closer to sending humans into space, after a rocket booster and emergency escape capsule made by one of his companies safely landed during a test on Wednesday, NBC News reported.

    Bezos' company, Blue Origin, is testing the New Shepard rocket to determine if space tourists can safely get out of a spacecraft that's gone up in flames.

    Despite predictions the test in Texas would fail, the rocket booster separated as planned. Safely evacuating passengers is key in order to send humans into space.

    Just last month, Bezos shared his plans to introduce a new rocket family that could send humans and satellites safely into space by the end of the decade. This is the fifth time since November that the rocket launched, went into sub-orbit and landed its booster.