Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space launch has concluded, and here are the details. Jeff was accompanied by his brother, Mark Bezos, an 82-year-old space pioneer, Wally Funk, and an 18-year-old student, Oliver Daemen.
They launched into space in Blue Origin’s New Shepard, designed to be marketed for commercial use among the super-wealthy. New age tourism; space tourism.
New Shepard lifted off at 09:12 EDT from a private launch site near Van Horn, Texas. Two minutes after liftoff, the capsule separated from the rocket and progressed upward. It was near the Karman Line – 100 kilometers above Earth, a boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.
At this time, during a recorded viewing of the launch, you hear the newly-minted astronauts exclaiming, “wow!” and cheering in excitement.
They proceeded to perform somersaults and tumbles during the four minutes of little to no gravity. Jeff Bezos, in a post-interview, stated that he was surprised by the sensation of microgravity. “It felt so normal,” he explained.
The capsule’s equipped with the most extensive windows flown in space, allowing the best views of Earth.
The flight lasted a total of 10 minutes and 10 seconds. At touchdown, Jeff Bezos shouted: “Best day ever!”
The New Shepard capsule reached a maximum altitude of around 107km or 351,210ft before parachuting down to a smooth touchdown in the West Texas desert.
After exiting the landed spacecraft, Mark Bezos revealed that several iconic pieces from aviation history accompanied the crew on the flight. These pieces included a medallion made from the first hot air balloon to soar into the air in 1783, a pair of goggles used by pilot Amelia Earhart, and a piece of canvas used on the Wright brothers’ first plane.
Jeff Bezos said he was surprised by how “fragile” our world looked and how important it is to protect the Earth from ongoing damage. He previously stated he wants to remove all heavy industry from the Earth, keeping the planet from turning it into a “national park.”