Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, went into space and returned Tuesday morning after a supersonic journey aboard the rocket and capsule system developed by his space company, Blue Origin. Joining the billionaire were Bezos’s brother, Mark Bezos; Wally Funk, 82-year-old pilot and one of the women from “Mercury 13”; and an 18-year-old high school graduate named Oliver Daemen. This last Blue Origin first customer saw his father, an investor, buy him the ticket. Jeff Bezos said the “deepest” aspect of his brief space trip was the spectacular view he got from Earth; a planet that left him stunned by its “beauty” and its “fragility”.
Bezos now … a witness
On Tuesday, the four passengers, tied up in their New Shepard crew capsule at the Blue Origin launch site in rural West Texas, watched their vehicle exceed the speed of sound and soar over 107 km. altitude. At the top of the flight path, the passengers remained weightless for about three minutes and were allowed to separate from their seats to float and enjoy a panoramic view of Earth and the cosmos.
“All the astronauts who have been in space say it changes them … they look at it and they are a little in awe and awe of the Earth and its beauty, but also its fragility, and I can attest to that,” said Jeff Bezos. after landing the capsule safely, completing a “10 minutes and 20 seconds” stay in space. And the Amazon founder added that our atmosphere, seen from Earth, seems so huge and endless, and seen from space it is actually “incredibly thin”, a “tiny and fragile thing” that we “damage.” “It’s one thing to recognize it intellectually, it’s another to see it with your own eyes,” said Jeff Bezos.