Blue Origin spaceflight with Jeff Bezos returns safely

Following the footsteps of billionaire Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, travelled to space on a rocket from his company Blue Origin. Nine days ago Branson took a tour into space on his own Virgin Galactic plane and created history by being the first person to do so.

Bezos, the 57-year-old founder of Amazon, along with his brother and two others boarded the New Shepard rocket which was launched from West Texas on July 20, 2021. The day also marks the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Bezos’ flight lasted just 11 minutes. The crew experienced a few minutes of weightlessness prior to safely landing back on earth.

“Best day ever,” reportedly exclaimed Bezos from the capsule after the landing. His flight touched an altitude of 351,210 feet, past the Kármán line also known as the threshold of space. Bezos went higher than Branson in space.

It was the maiden launch with passengers for Blue Origin, which is looking to start flying paying passengers in the days ahead, like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

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