Today, Jeff Bezos became the second billionaire in just a week to ride his own spacecraft into space. All the people on the trip were handpicked by the Amazon founder. There was Bezos’ younger brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas. The small group of 3 became the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.
After the 10-minute flight, Bezos said “Best day ever.” as the capsule landed safely on the desert floor. The Blue Origin, named after America’s first astronaut launched out of remote West Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. Bezos chose this date for its historical significance. He stuck to this date, even with Richard Branson pushing his launch date up, to become the first billionaire in space.
The difference between the two billionaires vessels is that Branson’s rocket was piloted. The Blue Origin is fully automated and required no official staff inside during the flight. The Blue Origin also reached an altitude of roughly 66 miles, 10 more than Branson’s July 11 ride. Passengers experienced several minutes of weightlessness and were able to float around the spacious capsule.
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