2 min read.Updated: 20 Jul 2021, 01:23 PM ISTLivemint
The move further makes space tourism viable and fulfilling a childhood dream of Bezos to explore the heavens and completed the voyage well within time
Jeff Bezos and three crewmates flew from a desert site in West Texas on an 11-minute trip to the edge of space
Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, blasted off for an 11-minute ride on his company’s rocket, furthering a push to make space tourism viable and fulfilling a childhood dream to explore the heavens and completed the voyage well within time.
"Our recovery team is headed out to meet Jeff, Mark, Wally, and Oliver for a celebration marking their return from space," tweeted rocket company Blue Origin.
The spaceship floated down on three giant parachutes before firing a retro thruster, sending up a cloud of sand as it gently landed at one or two miles (kilometers) an hour.
"A very happy group of people in this capsule," said Bezos.
Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket soared into the skies over a West Texas launchpad at about 8:12 a.m. local time Tuesday, carrying the world’s richest man, his brother and two others. It’s the first flight with people on board for Blue Origin, which Bezos founded in 2000 with a vision of a future in which millions of people will one day live and work in space. The New Shepherd had previously flown 15 times without a crew.
Within minutes, the Blue Origin tweeted: "Booster touchdown! Third successful landing for this rocket and the first to carry four private citizens to space above the Kármán Line.
Here is a look at Bezos' life, from building an ecommerce startup in a garage in the suburbs of Seattle, to launching into space, a dream the entrepreneur has had since he was 5-year-old.
12 January 1964: On January 12, Jeffrey Preston Bezos (Jeff Bezos) is born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Jacklyn Gise and Ted Jorgensen and is later adopted by Miguel Bezos