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This is New Shepherd, a small space capsule that launches off a booster. Once it crosses over into space, the capsule releases itself for free flight. The inside is 530 cubic feet and it seats six. I got to admit, the seating is pretty comfortable. It also has the biggest windows of any spacecraft, meaning the view is not too shabby. Once the trip is done, both the booster and the capsule float back down to earth. And the entire trip takes just 11 minutes. New Shepard takes research payloads up to space with it right now, but within a year...

it'll be taking humans too.

Outside of Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) , Jeff Bezos is working on another big project. 

That's Blue Origin, a space flight company he founded in 2000. 

Bezos' vision is to build the necessary infrastructure to allow industrial activity on the moon. It's a difficult endeavor, but Blue Origin is making progress. 

New Shepard's six-seater space capsule will start taking human passengers within a year. It's currently used to take research payloads up into space. 

It launches off a booster, then the capsule releases for free flight once it crosses into space. 

Once the trip is done, both the booster and the capsule float back down to earth -- the entire trip takes just 11 minutes.

Blue Origin is one of the many high-stakes bets Bezos has taken over the years -- but in the case of Amazon, it's more than paid off. 

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