The “beauty and fragility” of the earth amazes Jeff Bezos

Alongside Jeff Bezos aboard this fully autonomous flight were his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk, 82, and the first paying customer of Blue Origin (created by the founder of Amazon in 2000), a 18-year-old Dutchman Oliver Daemen, who became respectively the oldest and youngest astronaut in history.

The capsule carrying the four passengers, powered by the New Shepard launcher, took off from an isolated site in the Western Desert of Texas. Four minutes later, they were able to admire the curve of the blue planet and the deep black of the rest of the universe, from large picture windows making up a third of the cabin area.

The capsule, fitted with three giant parachutes and a back-propellor, then landed in the desert after a flight of about ten minutes, while the reusable propellant autonomously joined a landing pad. When they left, the passengers were greeted with cries of joy from the Blue Origin teams. Jeff Bezos sported a cowboy hat.

The 57-year-old former CEO of Amazon recently assured that the space race was not “a competition”. “We are going to build a road to space so that our children and our grandchildren can build the future,” he said.


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