"Two thousand feet," the announcer says.
"One thousand feet."
"Five hundred feet."
They are on their feet now. Screaming. Holding their arms over their head. Jumping up and down.
"One hundred and fifty feet."
The rocket kicks up a cloud of dust. It hovers over the landing site, righting itself.
Why so happy? Well, it was amazingly cool, a stunning feat of engineering and also, simply, graceful. But it also has huge implications for the future of space flight and the economics that underpin human space travel. If Blue Origin can figure out how to regularly land, and reuse, the first stage of its rockets, then space flight becomes much more affordable.
And that's a significant step toward opening up the cosmos to the masses.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Blue Origin, owns The Washington Post.