Jeff Bezos in space: Jeff Bezos and three fellow passengers went to space on Tuesday and landed back in West Texas. Bezos had personally invited two of his fellow passengers – his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old woman Wally Funk. Oliver Daemen was with him. He was brought in at the last minute as the winner of the $28 million charity auction.
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 20, 2021
New Shepard’s rocket and capsule were launched vertically into sub-orbital space. The rocket returned to the launchpad, while the capsule fell back to Earth, with a parachute helping it land in western Texas. On this occasion, NASA congratulated Bezos’s space travel company Blue Origin.
????????Congratulations to the @BlueOrigin team on the first human flight of #NewShepard! We look forward to future flights with researchers and NASA-supported technology payloads aboard. https://t.co/1kiQ1NgNG3
– NASA (@NASA) July 20, 2021
What is New Shepard?
The New Shepard is a rocket system designed to carry astronauts and research payloads across the Karman Line, the internationally recognized space boundary. The idea behind this is to take people to space easily and cost-effectively. It has been prepared for the purposes of Academic Research, Corporate Technology Development, Entrepreneurial Ventures etc.
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Bezos was fond of space at the age of 5, when he saw Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. He chose its 52nd anniversary for his launch. They have knowledge of the history of space. He named his New Shepard rocket after Alan Shepard, the first American to go into space, and his much larger and still in the process of being built New Glenn rocket is named after John Glenn, the first American man to orbit .