Upon testing their rocket s in-flight escape system a means of bringing passengers to safety if something were to happen during launch , Jeff Bezos rocket company ended up with a safely recovered crew capsule and an unexpectedly intact New Shepard rocket.
Bezos explained in an email that the rocket was expected to be destroyed because of how extreme the in-flight escape test would be.
Jeff Bezos, Founder Blue Origin
Regardless, the primary goal of the flight was to safety return the crew capsule to ground, not recover the New Shepard booster.
But, as a testament to the robustness of the New Shepard rocket, it was returned to Earth for a fifth and what will ultimately be the final time.
If the booster does manage to survive this flight – its fifth – we will in fact reward it for its service with a retirement party and put it in a museum.