it’s sort of a true quote from Jeff Bezos: “I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because… https://t.co/d0gAL5Ber5
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The former Amazon CEO exploded in space on July 20 during Blue Origin’s first flight. The day was specially chosen by Bezos as it marked the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Bezos’ New Shepard rocket is also named after America’s first astronaut.
Going to space would have been a dream for Bezos since his high school days. “Best day of my life!” Bezos said when the capsule landed on the desert floor in remote west Texas. He was accompanied by a hand-picked group, which included his brother, an 18-year-old Dutchman and an 82-year-old Texas aviation pioneer.
Bezos became the second billionaire to pilot his own spacecraft after Richard of Virgin Galactic Branson pushed its own flight from New Mexico earlier this month.
During Tuesday’s flight (July 20), the Blue Origin capsule reached an altitude of about 66 miles (106 kilometers), more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) higher than Branson’s trip on July 11. The 60-foot (18-meter) booster accelerated to Mach 3 or three times the speed of sound to get the capsule high enough, before splitting apart and landing upright.
Unlike Branson’s piloted rocket plane, Bezos’ capsule was fully automated and required no official personnel on board for the top-to-bottom flight.
(With contributions from the agency)