Bezos, in his own rocket, lands safely after blast into space

Source: Politico | July 20, 2021 | Quint Forgey

The Amazon founder is the second billionaire tech titan to fly inside his own spacecraft this month.

Amazon founder and executive chair Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, blasted into space on Tuesday in the New Shepard rocket ship and landed safely in West Texas 10 minutes later.

Bezos, the 57-year-old owner of The Washington Post and the former CEO of Amazon, was joined by three other blue-suited crew members on the flight: his younger brother Mark Bezos, 53; American female aviation pioneer Wally Funk, 82; and Dutch incoming college student Oliver Daemen, 18.

The New Shepard traveled to an altitude of roughly 66 miles above the Earth. Shortly after the capsule that carried the crew touched back down on the desert landscape of Van Horn, Texas, a smiling Bezos emerged in a cowboy hat with his crew and proceeded to spray an open bottle of champagne with a small crowd of family and friends.

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Bezos’ takeoff from a launch site in West Texas on Tuesday came on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which saw U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong become the first person to step foot on the lunar surface.

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