Billionaire and founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, got off the ground from the base in the state of Texas, United States, on a New Shepard rocket and successfully landed on Earth during this Tuesday.
U rocket manufacturer Blue Origin, an airline created by Bezos in 2000, traveled with his brother Mark; 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk; and Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old Dutch student and the son of a billionaire.
The crew took off around 8:13 p.m. (local time), about 12 minutes late due to last minute technical inspections, from a platform located in Van Horn, Texas.
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Approximately three minutes after takeoff, the capsule in which the passengers were traveling detached from the launch vehicle. once they reached a height of 76 kilometers, and then independently continued the remaining 30 kilometers to a distance from the earth’s surface that allowed them to experience weightlessness for a few minutes.
New Shepard rocket crossed an altitude of 106 kilometers, and then return to Earth, in a a journey that lasted a total of close to 11 minutes. “Best day,” Bezos exclaimed from inside the capsule as soon as he landed.
Unlike billionaire Richard Branson’s trip from New Mexico a little over a week ago, On today’s voyage, Bezos and his companions crossed the imaginary Karman line 99.7 kilometers from Earth. and that in some scientific fields it is accepted as a division between the Earth’s atmosphere and the universe.
From today Bezos is another billionaire who is a pioneer of space tourism, after Branson, at the age of 70, reached the space limits in a plane produced by his company Virgin Galactic, at which speed he covered 80 kilometers (49 miles) three times faster than the speed of sound.