Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon (e-retailer) and the world richest man, went on an 11 minute stroll in space and back on Tuesday morning, aboard the rocket and capsule system developed by his space company, Blue Origin.
Bezos not only unfolded a new chapter in space tourism but also made a mark in history by taking the oldest and youngest person ever to go to space. Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pilot and a Oliver Daemen, 18-year old, recent high school graduate whose father purchased his ticket also making him the first paying customer.
Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos brother and one of the “Mercury 13” women who trained to go to space in the 20th century but never got to fly also boarded the Blue Origin supersonic joy ride to space.
This ride to space was also the first-ever crewed mission for Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital space tourism rocket, which has now made it possible for thrill seekers on high-flying joy rides in the months and years to come.
Bezos said he was mesmerised by the beauty of Earth from Space and declared it “the best day ever” on his communications check upon landing in Texas.