Space capsule launches over Texas

Blue Origin launches the New Shephard rocket system over Texas, a step toward space tourism. (CBS Newspath)

A rocket took to the skies over Texas on Wednesday, a step in the effort toward space tourism.

Blue Origin launched the New Shephard rocket system over West, Texas.

Blue Origin is a privately funded aerospace manufacturer created by Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon.

The rocket system is being developed to cater to space tourists where people would be able to take a capsule to the edge of space, float in zero gravity, and return to earth.

Today's launch went past the goal of 350,000 feet.

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