Blue Origin launches artwork, moon landing test in space

Blue Origin has sent artwork painted on a capsule and a NASA moon landing navigation experiment into space.

Cape Canaveral, Fla-Blue Origin launched a painted artwork on a capsule and moon-laying navigation experiment in space on Thursday, a month after sending founder Jeff Bezos on the company’s first passenger flight.

No one was on board Thursday’s 10-minute flight, which included NASA and other experiments.

Paintings by Ghanaian artist Amuko Buffo were on three parachute panels outside the capsule. Buffo has created a self-portrait as well as pictures of his mother and a friend’s mother, said Kay Earlich, a commentator for Blue Origin Launch, a company official.

According to Blue Origin, school children from Ghana joined the launch webcast. Utah-based Applet Aerospace Inc. launched Buffo’s “Suborbital Tripatch” as part of its new Art in Space program.

The New Shepherd rocket flew from West Texas on its 17th Blue Origin space journey. The booster went straight down several minutes after the lift. The fully automatic capsule continued to reach an altitude of 66 miles (105 km) before falling close.

The paintings were on triangular panels a few feet in size and separated from the capsule when the parachutes were deployed. A company spokesman said they would be recovered from the desert floor.

Blue Origin did not set a specific date for the next passenger flight on Thursday, but has so far reported about $ 100 million in ticket sales. The company – which does not disclose ticket prices – intends to alternate between tourist and research flights, sometimes with scientists on board.

It was the second new Shepard flight to experience a lunar landing, mounted on a booster and tested with lasers and other sensors aimed at ensuring a moon landing for astronauts. In addition, the fly was used to convert astronauts’ space debris into fuel for gas recycling or to be dumped on a plane.


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