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Christmas came early for these rocket scientists.
Blue Origin/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET
So many jokes used to start this way: What do you get when you put 400 (insert profession) in one room?
Sometimes, though, the reality of putting hundreds of professionals in a room can make for an uplifting experience.
After the Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin successfully launched and brought back to Earth a reusable rocket on November 23, the Amazon CEO was moved to emit his first-ever tweet in celebration. The company, founded in 2000 in Kent, Washington, is Bezos’ attempt to create reusable rockets for space flight.
On Thursday, the Blue Origin YouTube page was adorned with a video of the control room as the exceptional feat was achieved: The rocket stuck its vertical landing in one piece.
Titled “What 400 Very Happy Rocket Scientists Look Like,” the video shows a scene that isn’t dissimilar to a sports bar on Super Bowl night.
The sense of passion is extremely evident in this video. These scientists surely won’t be depressed by the slightly miffed commentary offered by Elon Musk, CEO of rival SpaceX, that Blue Origin’s achievement may not have been quite so extraordinary.
When your focus in on going onward and upward, the true moments of celebration are extremely rare. So much can go wrong with rockets.
There’s something rewarding about witnessing the cheering get louder during the stages of the descent. The audience knew precisely which moments were critical.
Just as in your local sports bar, there’s nothing better than a touchdown in the very last second.