Thursday, January 20

Jeff Bezos ‘first flight, second in billionaires’ space race

A big step for the richest man on the planet. It remains to be seen if it represents a great leap for humanity. After Virgin founder Richard Branson’s space flight, it’s the turn of Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, who has made a flight into space in his own ship, New Shepherd, chartered by his own company.

The suborbital flight lasted about ten minutes and went smoothly.

You can watch again the broadcast offered by Blue Origin of the flight, which has coincided with the 52nd anniversary of the arrival of man on the Moon.

Bezos explained that the arrival of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on the moon “was an inspiration for me and for a whole generation in the world. We work hard every day to be good guardians of this heritage,” he explains.

Along with Jeff Bezos traveled his brother Mark and the pioneer of aviation, rejected by NASA, Wally Funk, 82, and the first tourist space tourist to contract a flight with Blue Origin, an 18-year-old Dutchman, Oliver Damen, They go down in history as the youngest and oldest astronauts, respectively.

At one point during the flight, the seatbelt lights were turned off and the crew members were able to float without gravity for about four minutes, before returning to safety measures to return to Earth’s atmosphere.

The billionaires’ space race is completed by Elon Musk’s Space X, whose ships already supply the International Space Station or carry crew members. Interestingly Musk would have contracted an orbital flight with Virgin, according to patron Richard Branson.

Musk and Space X will initially launch a first civilian-only orbital flight in September and plan to bring visitors to the International Space Station.

Jeff Bezos, 57, insists: “It’s not a competition.” The first person to go into space was Yuri Gagarin, and that was a long time ago, “he said on NBC on Monday, referring to the 1961 Soviet space hero.

“It’s about building a path into space so future generations can do amazing things there,” he said.

_ “Congratulations to the entire team past and present Team Blue for reaching this historic moment in the history of space flight. This first crew of astronauts entered the space history books, opening the door for many more to pass through. # GradatimFerociter # NSFirstHumanFlight

This was the company’s first tweet once the astronauts were recovered, at the planned landing site.

The Amazon founder created Blue Origin in 2000 with the goal of one day building floating space colonies with artificial gravity in which millions of people could work and live.

However, these expensive expeditions led by billionaires are far from popular with many Earthlings, against the backdrop of repeated weather disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Space billionaires, please take a look at the world around you,” Shannon Stirone wrote in The Atlantic, arguing that Branson and Bezos chose the worst possible time to leave our planet.

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