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Window Wars in Space: Quest for the 'Big View' High Above Earth

•, By Leonard David

One major ticket-for-sale vendor set to give rocket riders a suborbital space cruise is Seattle-based Blue Origin, which is headed by billionaire founder Jeff Bezos.

"Our New Shepard capsule features the largest windows in spaceflight history," Blue Origin representatives wrote on the company's website. "These windows make up a third of the capsule, immersing you in the vastness of space and life-changing views of our blue planet."

The New Shepard capsule seats six passengers in a circle and is large enough for onboard commuters to float freely and perform head-over-heels somersaults.

Each window — measuring 42.7 inches in height and 28.6 inches across at the bottom (108.5 by 72.6 centimeters) — is made of multiple layers of fracture-tough transparent material that is "designed to provide crystal clarity of the incredible views before you," Blue Origin representatives wrote. "Minimizing distortion and reflection, the windows transmit 92 percent of visible light — as good as glass."

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