Jeff Bezos is now the second billionaire to successfully blast into space. Bezos and a crew of three took off Tuesday morning from West Texas in a spacecraft built by his company, Blue Origin.
The space trip was broadcast on Blue Origin’s YouTube channel.
The Amazon founder floated around the cabin of the New Shepard spaceship for about three minutes before he strapped back in for the descent.
The capsule floated safely back down to earth by parachute. The rocket landed successfully back on the pad in Van Horn, Texas.
Blue Origin is launching New Shepard and its first astronaut crew, including Jeff Bezos, his brother and Wally Funk, to space.
The world’s richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, will try to make history this morning.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is set to fly to space today on the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company, Blue Origin.
The 59-foot rocket will tear toward the edge of space on an 11-minute flight.
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Just over a week after fellow billionaire Richard Branson flew to the edge of space, Bezos will attempt a similar trip aboard his own rocket.
Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is set to blast off at 9 a.m. Eastern time from a site in the West Texas desert.
The 57-year-old will be joined by his crew of three will be taking part in the first manned launch for his private space company.
They include an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old woman, Wally Funk, who trained alongside the original Mercury Seven astronauts in the early 1960s.
They will become the youngest and oldest people ever to fly into space.
Bezos announced this morning he “just ate his last meal” before flight.