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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin gets closer to flying tourists to space

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin gets closer to flying tourists to space

Jeffrey P. Bezos' Blue Origin got a step closer to flying tourists to space: On Tuesday, the company launched a life-size dummy it named "Mannequin Skywalker" from its remote Texas facility.

The updated booster and crew capsule — which Blue Origin hopes to use to fly its first human tourists to space as early as next year — hit a peak altitude of nearly 100 kilometers, or what's considered the threshold of space, the company said in a statement. (Bezos, who is the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com Inc., also owns the Washington Post.)

The New Shepard booster — named for Alan Shepard, the first American in space — then flew back to Earth and touched down on...

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