A reusable rocket's-eye view of returning from space

On its third trip beyond the Kármán line, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin was equipped with a camera to film re-entry.

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You, too, can ride on a rocket as it makes its way back to Earth, courtesy of a video shot from a camera on board a Blue Origin booster.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is working on a reusable rocket to send shuttles to space, a move that will help reduce launch costs. His Blue Origin booster has now made three return journeys beyond the Kármán line, the point at 100 kilometres altitude above sea level that represents the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and outer space.

On its third journey on April 2, Blue Origin reached an altitude of 103.4 kilometres (339,138 feet) before returning to Earth. That launch and fall was filmed by the Blue Origin team, but the booster had a sneaky surprise hidden in its vent: a camera that filmed its safe return to Earth.

Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX is also working on developing a reusable rocket, and has successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket three times, first in December 2015, again in April this year, and again earlier this month, after four failed landings.