Billionaire Jeff Bezos has flown into space aboard a Blue Origin rocket. He was accompanied by his brother Mark Bezos, pioneer of cosmonautics in the US Wally Funk, who at 82 years old became the oldest astronaut in history, and 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemen: he in turn became the youngest participant in space flight in history. Bezos’ expedition was broadcast live on social media: you can find the transcript of the broadcast in this article!
The flight of Jeff Bezos and his companions took place on the anniversary of the first landing of man on the moon, which took place on July 20, 1969 during the American Apollo 11 manned mission.
Cosmic the journey lasted 11 minutes, and a New Shepard manned capsule was lifted by a Blue Origin rocket at an altitude of about 100 kilometers.
Before crossing this border, 3 minutes after take-off, the capsule disconnected from the rocket itself, which then landed using the engines. The people on board New Shepard had about 3 minutes of weightlessness – and then they landed with the entire capsule on a parachute.
The flight of Jeff Bezos and his companions into space started at 3:12 PM. You can watch the live broadcast on our website:
The most famous passenger in the rocket produced by Blue Origin – a space company created by Bezos in 2000 – was, of course, himself Jeff Bezos: billionaire, founder and until recently boss of Amazon, currently the richest man in the world.
His net worth is estimated at over $ 200 billion, and in the rankings of the world’s richest people, prepared by the renowned business magazine “Forbes”, Bezos has been at the top for three years: he dethroned Bill Gates in 2018.
She flew into space with the billionaire Wally Funk, 82, pioneer of cosmonautics in the USA, but several decades ago did not make a career as an astronaut: because of gender.
“Funk is one of the Mercury 13 women who received astronaut training in the 1960s but never made it into space or even into the NASA Astronaut Corps because they were female. All NASA astronauts back then were military pilots and men “- indicated the news agency Associated Press.
Now, at 82, Wally Funk has become the oldest person in history to take off into space.
The youngest person was another passenger on Jeff Bezos’ flight: Oliver Daemen, 18, physics student, son of the owner of a Dutch investment company.
Daemen took part in the expedition in exchange for an anonymous person who had previously auctioned a flight ticket at an online auction: for $ 28 million. As Blue Origin reported, this person was unable to travel due to “prior commitments”.
The 18-year-old graduated from high school last year, now studies physics and management of new technologies at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, has a pilot’s license.
As Blue Origin reported, Daemen has been fascinated by space and space rockets since childhood.
He was also among the passengers on the flight brother of Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, whom the billionaire calls his best friend.