Jeff Bezos and three others reach space on 1st passenger flight, becomes second billionaire to reach space

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Billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos alongside 3 others realized dreams and made history on Tuesday, he becomes the second billionaire to reach space nine days after fellow billionaire and rocket firm founder Richard Branson successful test flight of VSS Unity by Virgin Galactic alongside five other crew members.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launches carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, and three others from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Photo: AP /Tony Gutierrez

The event marked a new high for Jeff Bezos who started his space company Blue Origin in 2000 even as Amazon disrupted the retail industry.

Bezos spends $1 billion a year to fund Blue Origin and has been slowly selling off his stake in Amazon.com Inc. to invest in his space project, according to Bloomberg.

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The successful flight carried the Amazon founder, his brother Mark, Wally Funk, 82, who became the oldest woman to enter space, and 18-year-old Dutchman Oliver Daemen who became the youngest man to enter outer space.

The launch took place from Bezos’ private launch site near Van Horn, Texas, and is expected to last for a total of ten minutes, out of which for four minutes the passengers will experience the Karman Line.

Blue Origin’s New Shephard rocket landed successfully back on Earth on Tuesday after a super-fast journey into space carrying Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and the other three passengers.

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“Best day ever,” Bezos said after the capsule touched down on the desert floor at the end of the 10-minute flight.

Named after America’s first astronaut, “New Shepard” rocket was launched on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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