After a successful landing in the Texas desert, the billionaire said it was the best day of his life.
The reusable New Shepard suborbital rocket, developed by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, launched successfully on Tuesday, reaching the frontier of space and returning safely to Earth. The AP and AFP agencies informed about it.
Wally Funk, the oldest man in the universe
In addition to Jeff Bezos, three other passengers were on board, namely Bezos’ brother Mark, 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk and 18-year-old high school graduate Oliver Daemen. He became the youngest person in the universe, writes the AFP agency. Daemen, who graduated from high school last year, was also the first paying customer of Blue Origin.
The module also flew 82-year-old American flight attendant Wally Funk, who again became the oldest person in space. The record has so far been held by astronaut John Glenn, who was the first American to fly around the globe in 1962 and looked into space again in 1998 at the age of 77.
“That was amazing,” Bezoz shouted into the radio after New Shepard landed successfully in the Texas desert. “The best day of my life,” he added a few minutes later. “There is a group of very happy people sitting in this capsule,” Bezosa was quoted as saying by AP.
The second super rich
According to the AP, this is the first flight with a human crew undertaken by Bezos’ company Blue Origin. The multibillionaire and founder of Amazon became the second super-rich to look into space aboard his own machine. Just nine days ago, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson set out on his own journey.
New Shepard is a suborbital rocket, which means that it did not reach the Earth’s orbit, but the so-called Karman border at a height of 100 kilometers, which is known as the “beginning of space”. The crew at the top of the trajectory experienced several minutes of reduced gravity.
The New Shepard rocket is named after the first American astronaut Alan Shepard. The flight took place on the 52nd anniversary of the landing of the Apollo 11 mission on the moon. This date was chosen by Bezoz personally, adds AP. Unlike Richard Branson’s “rocket plane,” Bezos’s capsule was “piloted” by a computer, so there were no other crew members on board.
Capsule with billionaire Jeff Bezos
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