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Jeff Bezos left planet Earth and returned victorious, completing Blue Origin's first passenger spaceflight

Jeff Bezos left planet Earth and returned victorious, completing Blue Origin's first passenger spaceflight

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket launches, July 20, 2021.
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Jeff Bezos launched 62 miles above Earth on the first crewed flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket.




Bezos's brother Mark, 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk, and Dutch teen Oliver Daemen flew with him.




Blue Origin aims to launch tourists soon. Bezos eventually wants human settlements in space.




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Jeff Bezos just joined the very small cohort of people who have launched into space and gazed at Earth from above.The richest man on Earth briefly left the planet early Tuesday morning aboard a New Shepard rocket designed and built by Blue Origin, the spaceflight company Bezos founded in 2000. The vehicle had flown 15 times before, but never with people on board; this was Blue Origin's first passenger flight.The company is hoping for many more, though - it plans to fly tourists regularly on New Shepard but has yet to open ticket sales.
Jeff Bezos left planet Earth and returned victorious, completing Blue Origin's first passenger spaceflight

From left: Oliver Daemen, Wally Funk, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Bezos.
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