Jeff Bezos Blasts into Space on Own Rocket: ‘Best Day Ever!’

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  • Date: 07/21/2021
  • Source: Asharq AL-awsat
  • Sector: Transport
  • Country: Jordan

Jeff Bezos Blasts into Space on Own Rocket: ‘Best Day Ever!’

Oliver Daemen, from left, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, Wally Funk and Bezos' brother Mark pose for photos in front of the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, derby, after their launch from the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company's first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas "” the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space. "Best day ever!" Bezos said when the capsule touched down on the desert floor in remote West Texas after the 10-minute flight, said The Associated Press. Named after America's first astronaut, Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket soared on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a date chosen by Bezos for its historical significance. He held fast to it, even as Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson pushed up his own flight from New Mexico and beat him to space by nine days. The two private…