A successful feat for Jeff Bezos – the richest man in the world – and the rest of the crew of New Shepard’s first human flight: his brother Mark, 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen. The spacecraft rose to 105km above the Texas sky. The flight lasted just over ten minutes in all
With its three parachutes correctly deployed, the New Shepard capsule of the private company Blue Origin landed as scheduled in the Texan desert, thus successfully completing its first manned suborbital flight taking its patron Jeff Bezos beyond the boundaries of the atmosphere. , his brother Mark, 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen.
“The best day ever”: this is how Jeff Bezos commented on the success of the suborbital flight from inside the New Shepard capsule just landed. The Blue Origin patron greeted the team from the window with his thumb raised to recover the crew and, once he put on his Texan hat, he was the first to go out the hatch to hug friends and relatives and uncork a bottle of champagne . All crew members came out smiling and in excellent condition.
The New Shepard reached the altitude of about 100 kilometers making the crew experience the condition of microgravity, the same lack of weight that astronauts experience aboard the International Space Station, for about three minutes. The flight, a few days after the similar success achieved by Virgin Galactic with Richard Branson on board, takes place on the 52nd anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 landing on the moon.
Branson himself congratulated Blue Origin and Jeff Bezos on the success of the flight: “well done Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, Mark, Wally and Oliver. Congratulations from the entire Virgin Galactic team, ” the Virgin founder tweeted .
To review the flight:
Featured image: The instant of the touchdown. Credits: Blue Origin
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