Jeff Bezos Makes It To Space And Back On Blue Origin New Shepard Rocket

Bezos becomes the second billionaire in space this month.

An image from New Shepard takeoff-1
An image from New Shepard takeoff-1

On the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Jeff Bezos has made it to Space! The Amazon founder and former CEO made it to space, 3,50,000 feet above West Texas in the New Shepard Rocket, made by Blue Origin.

Closely following Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic flight, Jeff Bezos is the second billionaire to make it to space on his own rocket this month. Jeff Bezos is accompanied in his space flight with his brother Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, one of the pioneers in space exploration, and Oliver Daemon, an 18-year old physics student.

Blue Origin New Shepard Takes Bezos To Space And Back!

An image from New Shepard takeoff
Image: Blue Origin

The billionaire’s rocket launched at 9:00 A.M. ET from a site in the West Texas desert. New Shepard, the rocket carrying Bezos to space, is named after Alan Shepard, the first American to make it to space. It is a traditional rocket with a booster and a capsule attached on top of it.

After the vertical take-off, the rocket’s booster detached at the Main engine cut-off propelling Bezos and company 3,50,000 feet above the ground, crossing the Karman line. Minutes before the launch, Christina Bezos had a special message for Jeff and Mark Bezos.

Christina recalled Jeff Bezos’ childhood fantasy of making it to space. The Amazon founder himself has expressed his enthusiasm about space from time to time. The Blue Origin New Shepard NS-14 will give Bezos four minutes of free fall, where the astronauts will unbuckle from their seats and experience zero gravity and views of the Earth from space.

A screenshot of Bezos landing on Earth in the Blue Origin capsule
Image: Blue Origin

This is the first human-crewed mission by Blue Origin, and Bezos being a part of the mission, is to establish credibility for future flights. Right before takeoff, it was announced that Blue Origin would be conducting 2 more flights in 2021, and then many more in the coming years.

At T +7:23, the Blue Origin rocket’s booster had officially landed, followed by the capsule making its way back to Earth at T +10:18 with a soft touchdown. You can check out the screenshots from the touchdown to see how it went for Bezos in space.

So if you have the resources (money) and the adrenaline it takes to go to space, you can contact Blue Origin for future flight tickets across the Karman line, 100 kilometers (60+ miles) above the Earth.

Manik Berry

Manik Berry

With a Master’s degree in journalism, Manik writes about big tech and has a keen eye for political-tech news. In his free time, he’s browsing the Kindle store for new stuff read. Manik also adores his motorcycle and is looking for new routes on weekends. He likes tea and cat memes. You can reach him at [email protected]
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