Big day for Bezos: Blue Origin safely lands first crewed mission
Al Jazeera, 20 Jul 2021
Amazon.com and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and his three crewmates have successfully landed after embarking on a mission 20 years in the making.
On Tuesday, Bezos, his brother, Mark Bezos, veteran pilot Wally Funk and Dutch student Oliver Daemen blasted off on a 10-minute suborbital flight aboard the New Shepard rocket in a giant leap forward for commercial space travel.
The flight is a huge milestone for Blue Origin, which was founded by Bezos in 2000, as Tuesday’s launch marked the first time one of the company’s New Shepard spacecraft carried people.
Following liftoff from its launch site in West Texas in the United States, the craft will climb to an altitude of 100km (62 miles) above the Earth, crossing the official boundary of space.
Bezos and the other passengers experienced about three minutes of weightlessness and stunning views through what the company boasts are the largest windows ever built on a space capsule.
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