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Jeff Bezos just joined the very small cohort of people who have launched into space and gazed at Earth from above.
The richest man on Earth briefly left the planet early Tuesday morning aboard a New Shepard rocket designed and built by Blue Origin, the spaceflight company Bezos founded in 2000. The vehicle had flown 15 times before, but never with people on board; this was Blue Origin’s first passenger flight.
The company is hoping for many more, though — it plans to fly tourists regularly on New Shepard but has yet to open ticket sales.
Bezos flew to space alongside his brother Mark; 18-year-old Dutch high school graduate Oliver Daemen, whose father paid for the third seat; and Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aviator who trained to go to space in the 1960s but was ultimately denied the opportunity because she was a woman.
The group lifted off at 9:12 a.m. ET from a launchpad in West Texas. The New Shepard’s engines roared to life, and the rocket heaved itself off the ground, screaming through the atmosphere for three minutes. Bezos and his companions were pinned to their seats as the feeling of Earth’s gravity …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology
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