Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, took a ride on the spacecraft of his space business Blue Origin today (20) and lifted off smoothly after 9:10 p.m. Taiwan time and landed safely 10 minutes later.
Comprehensive foreign media reports, “Blue Origin” New Shepard rocket launched in Texas, the capsule passengers include Bezos and his brother Mark (Mark Bezos), the 82-year-old, once trained by astronauts old woman Funk (Wally Funk), and 18-year-old student Daimon ( Oliver Daemen), an 18-year-old student.
The rocket lifted off smoothly after 9:10 a.m. EST, and the capsule separated from the rocket and flew above the “Karman Line”, the dividing line between outer space and the Earth’s atmosphere, finally reaching the highest point of the journey, about 66 miles (about 106 kilometers).
The four passengers, including Bezos, experienced zero gravity for about three minutes and could be heard cheering and screaming during the trip, with 82-year-old Funk exclaiming, “It’s so dark in here! .
After the New Shepard rocket separated from the capsule and returned to the ground first, the capsule landed safely under the cushion of a parachute a few minutes later, and Bezos praised the day as “the best day ever” after walking out of the hatch. At the same time, with his fellow 18-year-old Damon and 82-year-old Fengk also wrote the record of the youngest and oldest people in space over the years.
Virgin Group (Virgin Group) founder Branson (Richard Branson) 11 ahead of Bezos, aboard their own spacecraft on a trip to space after returning safely to Earth, and Bezos choose the date of lift-off actually has a special meaning, today is the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 implementation of the first human mission to the moon.
In addition, Bezos and Branson’s space trip also has a number of differences, Branson’s spacecraft has two pilots, Bezos’s spacecraft is autopilot, its flight altitude reached about 106 kilometers, about 16 kilometers more than Branson.