A private space firm made history on Monday when its unmanned rocket executed a historic -- and pretty badass -- vertical landing after traveling to space. Despite their recent attempts, it wasn't accomplished by Elon Musk's team at SpaceX. Nope, the long-sought feat of developing a large reusable rocket belongs to Blue Origin, a private firm owned by none other than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, aka the guy you order new underwear and Danielle Steele novels from.
The company's New Shepard space vehicle, which consists of a BE-3 rocket and a small (but empty) capsule for crew members, reached near the edge of space at a planned altitude of nearly 333,000ft before returning to Earth. After the unmanned capsule separated from the rocket and safely returned to Earth via parachute, the spent rocket initiated its own descent -- firing at about 5,000ft and making a historic controlled vertical landing at a test site in West Texas. It smoothly touched down at just 4.4mph, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.