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The Surprising Age When Happiness Peaks

MSN Money 20 July, 2021 - 05:00pm

You probably looked at your parents’ and grandparents’ retirement as times of slowing down. But, if you are in your 50s, 60s, and even 70s or 80s, I am willing to bet that is not how you feel about your own future.

Nowadays, retirement is an exciting time to restart life. And, research firmly backs that these years will likely be your best ever.

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This is likely to surprise you. I was kind of shocked. But, a few years ago researchers identified the two ages in an adult’s life when you are likely to be at your happiest.

Experts from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences found that happiness peaks at the ages of 23 and 69.

Whoa! Sixty-nine! That is older than many of us.

NOTE: Don’t worry if you are older than 69, there is still lots of happiness to be had — your happiness will not drop off a cliff!

To determine the happiest ages and why, researchers questioned 23,000 volunteers, aged 17 to 85. They found that people are happiest at 23 and 69 for these reasons:

It seems that embarking on a new life adventure helps lead to peak happiness.

Here are a few of my favorite methods for increasing happiness — daily and as a whole, no matter your age:

They say that people are happiest when they live in the here and now.

However, the research cited above theorizes that looking forward and planning for new life experiences can peak happiness. It is similar to studies that suggest that planning a vacation brings more happiness than the travel itself.

Planning for and anticipating the future you want can be a great way to be happy. Dan Sullivan, author, and founder of Strategic Coach Inc. has written extensively about the power of looking forward.

Two of his 30 books deal directly with the concept: “The Laws of Lifetime Growth” “outlines ten €˜laws’ that give readers an internal framework for taking charge of their future.” And, the “Dan Sullivan Question” is a short, simple book that asks you to ponder one important question: If you and I were to meet three years from today, what would you want to have happened for you, personally and professionally, in order to consider those years a success?

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Yes, we are a retirement planning website, so maybe we are biased. I prefer to think that we just really believe in what we are doing!

Besides, having a written retirement plan is actually proven to reduce stress and make you feel better — more confident — about your future. And let’s face it, stress is almost the exact opposite of happiness!

Plus, building on the previous theme of looking forward, using the NewRetirement Planner is a concrete way to look forward and plan for the life you want.

I just loaded an app onto my phone: “WeCroak.” It sends me an alert at five random times throughout the day that says, “You are going to die.” Oddly enough, the result is that I feel pretty good about where I am today.

Sure, thinking about death is inherently “morbid.” But, the irony is that it is also actually life-affirming. As the WeCroak creators say, “a regular practice of contemplating mortality helps us accept what we must, let go of things that don’t matter, and honor the things that do.”

And, finding happiness by contemplating your mortality is a scientifically backed technique.

There are two sides to every coin, and a glass is always either half full or half empty. You get to choose what to focus on and focusing on the positive is a sure-fire way to feel happier.

No matter how dire the circumstances, work hard to find one little glimmer of hope and happiness. Focus on that. Foster it. And, you’ll probably find that the little spot of goodness will get bigger.

Nurturing your relationships with friends and family and creating new friends has been proven in study after study to be the secret of not only a happy life — but also a longer life. Loneliness is as big a predictor of an earlier death as smoking!

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Giving back and feeling part of a community are well recognized as being keys to happiness — especially in old age.

And, helping people younger than you can be particularly rewarding. Harvard University’s landmark study of aging well, found that “generativity” (doing things to help younger generations) tripled the chances that someone would feel joy throughout their 70s.

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‘Likelihood of reaching herd immunity at this point is fairly low’: Epidemiologist

Yahoo Finance 20 July, 2021 - 01:51pm

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: President Biden is pleading with unvaccinated Americans to roll up their sleeves and get the shot as new cases of COVID-19 spike across the country. Here now is Suzanne Judd, Epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Doctor, thanks for being with us, and good to see you again.

Hospitalizations due to this virus have increased. Deaths are now also on the rise. What, if anything, is different this time than the peak of the virus that we saw back in the spring of 2020?

SUZANNE JUDD: This one seems to have a really high acceleration rate. So we haven't seen what we call epidemic curves in my field that are shaped the way this one is curved. That means that we're really seeing cases skyrocket rapidly-- much more rapidly than we saw in the summer, much more rapidly than we saw in December. This one just seems to burn through quickly.

In fact, some estimates guess that you only have to be in the presence of someone with a Delta variant for 30 or 40 seconds to become infected. That's much less than the 15 minutes we had last year.

KRISTIN MYERS: I'm honestly speechless to hear that. That's terrifying news. I know that we're seeing so many more people becoming infected with this Delta variant, and they are mostly unvaccinated folks. But just anecdotally, I feel that I'm constantly seeing more and more folks-- some that I know, some that I don't that are sharing on social media-- that have been vaccinated. And they're sharing that they've come down with coronavirus.

Is this because the Delta variant is more transmissible? Do you think that this provides any sort of evidence that the vaccine, while still effective, might not be as effective as we would like against this variant?

SUZANNE JUDD: Yeah, that's likely what we're going to find out. If you look at the different studies, there are different levels of effectiveness against Delta in different populations. The lowest level of effectiveness is 65%, which is still much better than 0%. And the highest is closer to 90%.

The other thing that you're seeing as you're talking to your friends and family that are having what we call breakthrough infections-- as we see larger numbers of cases, we think that roughly 2% of them are in vaccinated individuals. Well, as you start seeing 100,000 cases, 200,000 cases, it's just more likely you're going to come into contact with the 2% that have had a breakthrough infection.

So you probably will start meeting more people that have the breakthrough infection. You'll see asymptomatic testing increase again. And you may see people that get positive tests but have an asymptomatic infection. And so I know that is scary for people that have been vaccinated, but still, it's a very low risk. It's not that likely, but it will happen.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Of course, the backdrop to all of this is the young people-- those who are under 12 have not been able to get vaccinated yet. And school is going to be starting up in just a few weeks for millions of children. What would your message be to school districts who are thinking about, should we reopen and have school in-person? If the kids come in-person, should they be masked? What do you think would be most prudent?

SUZANNE JUDD: Masking would absolutely be most prudent. I know that there's a lot of hesitation for that. And my fear this time is that the people that can make the decisions to require masks just-- they won't want to because of what happened last year. I can say for my own team, for my own family, I'm having them mask even though it's not required by government or state authorities. Right now is the time that I would tell school administrators I know it's a tough decision, but you really have the chance to save students and their families, because it will spread rapidly in schools.

KRISTIN MYERS: So to that unvaccinated population, how does that really continue to weigh on the vaccinated population? Because I think whenever we talk about vaccinations, whether it's coronavirus or anything else, everyone says, well, listen, if you're vaccinated, you don't need to worry. I'm going to take on all the risk for myself if I'm unvaccinated.

But of course, as we see these cases really spreading, it seems to me as if these unvaccinated populations are really weakening our immunity, I'll call it, all around the country, and making it easier for folks that are vaccinated to get this virus. So how does that really play into our vaccinations and our ability to fight off this virus as a country, as a whole, that we still have these large pockets of folks that continue to remain unvaccinated?

SUZANNE JUDD: Yeah, that is a great question, and you're spot on. As we have large pockets of folks that are unvaccinated, that's what leads to the spread. And there are those 2% of the cases that are vaccinated individuals. And as the disease is allowed to spread, it could mutate again into a new form of coronavirus that everyone could be put at risk of again.

So absolutely-- the unvaccinated populations are what's driving this most recent surge that we're seeing. It's more reason than ever to get vaccinated if you're not vaccinated yet, especially in the younger populations where we know they're getting back together. There are concerns again, there are sporting events-- so large gatherings where this could really spread rapidly.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Doctor, finally, if there's going to be a subset of the population that will just never get vaccinated, if we don't reach herd immunity, is the virus something we're just going to be living with for the foreseeable future?

SUZANNE JUDD: It is. It absolutely is. Our likelihood of reaching herd immunity at this point is fairly low because of the fact that we haven't had great uptake on the vaccine. So when we're stuck with waiting for people to get infected and then the virus mutates, there are just going to be continual outbreaks.

It'd be better if they stayed outbreaks, which are usually contained, and they burn themselves out in two or three weeks, rather than what we're seeing right now, which is spreading across county lines, across state lines, and becoming epidemic again. That just means that the hospitals get overwhelmed, and our health system gets stretched thin when it becomes epidemic levels.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: All right, Suzanne Judd, Epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, always good to see you.

SUZANNE JUDD: Good to see you.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Coming up next, a conversation with media mogul--

SNP ministers have been urged to rule out implementing domestic Covid passports amid warnings over the "serious" impact they would have on beleaguered hospitality businesses and young people. Speaking at a coronavirus media briefing on Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon refused to give a date for when a decision will be taken on vaccine passports North of the Border after Boris Johnson announced that nightclubs in England would require them for entry by the end of September. The First Minister insisted an

U.S. President Joe Biden nominated lawyer and Google critic Jonathan Kanter as the Justice Department's antitrust chief on Tuesday in the latest sign the White House is determined to rein in the world's biggest corporations, especially Big Tech. Progressives who advocate tougher enforcement of antitrust law pushed for the nomination of Kanter, who recently started his own law firm, Kanter Law Group LLP, which bills itself as an "antitrust advocacy boutique." The White House called Kanter "a leading advocate and expert in the effort to promote strong and meaningful antitrust enforcement and competition policy."

Europe became the first region worldwide to cross 50 million coronavirus cases on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the more contagious Delta variant spurred a record surge in daily new infections. The region is seeing a million new infections about every eight days and has reported nearly 1.3 million deaths since the pandemic began. The Delta variant, which is significantly more contagious than the original version of COVID-19, has been detected in about 100 countries and is now the dominant variant worldwide.

The surge in cases and deaths could significantly ramp up demand for these companies' existing and pipeline products.

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Public health researchers on Tuesday called the rapid rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Arkansas a “raging forest fire," and the state's top health official warned that he expects significant outbreaks in schools. The model by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health projected a daily average of 1,039 new cases over the next week. Arkansas leads the country in new cases per capita, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University researchers.

The more transmissible Delta variant now accounts for 83% of COVID-19 cases in the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky said during a Senate hearing Tuesday.Why it matters: The "dramatic increase," up from 50% on July 3, has led to a rise in virus-related deaths, Walensky told lawmakers. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeCOVID fatalities have risen by nearly 48% since last week to an

Pfizer and BioNTech said they plan to ask for authorization of a booster shot.

This week brought news that a White House staffer has tested positive for the coronavirus after a reception with Democratic lawmakers from Texas. A member of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s staff also tested positive after attending the same reception.

Netflix on Tuesday said it added just 1.54 million subscribers this quarter, its lowest number of subscriber additions in years. The company also missed Wall Street expectations on earnings per share. Why it matters: Investors were expecting low Q2 subscriber numbers, per Netflix's own guidance. What likely sent the stock sinking in the first few minutes following earnings was weak guidance again for the next quarter, when Netflix anticipates adding just 3.5 million subscribers.Get market news w

(Reuters) -The Delta variant of the coronavirus is the cause of more than 80% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases, but the authorized vaccines remain more than 90% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths, said top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci during U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday. The hearing featured a pointed exchange with Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul, in which he accused Fauci of lying about the National Institutes of Health providing funding for research at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology. The Senator from Kentucky, who has sparred with Fauci during several pandemic-related hearings, alleged that the research may have played a role in developing the novel coronavirus at the Wuhan Lab.

The United States is expected to soon announce initial steps as part of the Biden administration’s review of Cuba policy and in response to Havana's crackdown on the biggest street protests in decades, State Department officials said on Monday. The senior officials’ comments further signaled that President Joe Biden was not ready to soften the U.S. approach after his predecessor, Donald Trump, rolled back a historic Obama-era détente with Havana, and that the latest Cuban unrest would have a significant impact on any policy moves.

White House says in regular contact with Fox News over vaccine messaging

Yahoo News 20 July, 2021 - 11:57am

Fox News commentators Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, as well as other news program hosts, have often cast doubt on the vaccines' safety and efficacy to the network's millions of viewers. The network ended January with a 19-year streak as the top U.S. cable news network.

Noting health official guidelines that encouraged masking and distancing even for vaccinated people in April, Carlson said of the vaccine: "So maybe it doesn’t work, and they’re simply not telling you that."

Ingraham on Monday night called Biden and his allies "consistent superspreaders of misinformation on COVID."

The White House understands "the importance of reaching Fox's audience about the COVID-19 vaccines and their benefits," Psaki told reporters Tuesday. "And like we are with all of you here today, we of course, are in regular contact."

The White House has also engaged more broadly with the network on their coverage of COVID-19 and vaccine confidence, including with a network-specific briefing between producers and White House officials to discuss accurate, informed coverage of the COVID-19 vaccines, according to White House source familiar with the details.

Psaki was responding to a question from a CNN reporter who asked if there were high-level conversations between the White House and the news network over vaccine coverage.

In an emailed comment, a Fox News spokeswoman said: "There have been no high level conversations between FOX News Media and the White House regarding our coverage."

The spokeswoman said they had a routine briefing in May on vaccination rates and Fox News White House reporters are in routine contact with the White House staff on a variety of issues.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose, Jarrett Renshaw and Heather Timmons; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

Fox has implemented its own version of a vaccine passport — a concept that Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham have rallied against. Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News, asked employees in June to self-report their vaccination status to receive a “Fox Clear Pass,” The Hill’s Ryan Grim reported Monday. Human resources notified Fox employees via email that it had “developed a secure, voluntary way for employees to self-attest their vaccination status.” Employees with the “

While Tucker Carlson has described proof of vaccination measures as "medical Jim Crow," the network's parent corporation is rolling out their own.

Critics have accused Fox News of eroding faith in the vaccines in some parts of the US, but Carlson is not changing tack.

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After top personalities spent weeks repeatedly undermining Covid-19 vaccine outreach and public health guidance, company quietly rolls out internal vaccination report for stay to bypass screenings

Hannity's comments come as other Fox News hosts have cast doubt on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine

Hannity broke away from his fellow Fox News primetime hosts by urging his viewers to "Please take COVID seriously," and get the vaccine.

The federal government on Monday unveiled its border reopening plan for non-essential travel.

Carl Cameron slammed the Fox News personality's "gaslighting" and "propaganda" over COVID-19 vaccines.

Fox News began an all-out blitz to educate viewers on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, but divisions remain among the primetime lineup.

Every living former president, except Trump, has participated in a public service announcement about the COVID-19 vaccine.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) got his first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine Sunday, calling it "safe and effective," Nola reports. Driving the news: Scalise said that his decision to get vaccinated was driven by the spread of the Delta variant, which he noted was "aggressive" as well as a recent spike in case numbers. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeScalise had waited to get vaccinated because he had earlier t

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The threat of thunderstorms and lightning has prompted officials in fire-ravaged Oregon to ask for help from outside the Pacific Northwest to prepare for additional blazes as many resources are already devoted to a massive forest fire.

Israel warned consumer goods giant Unilever Plc on Tuesday of "severe consequences" from a decision by subsidiary Ben & Jerry's to stop selling ice cream in Israeli-occupied territories, and urged U.S. states to invoke anti-boycott laws. Monday's announcement followed pro-Palestinian pressure on the Vermont-based company over its business in Israel and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, handled since 1987 through a licensee partner, Ben & Jerry's Israel. Most countries consider Israeli settlements on Palestinian land to be illegal.

An off-duty Drug Enforcement Administration agent posed for photographs in which he flashed his DEA badge and firearm outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, according to a court filing Tuesday following the agent's arrest. A video posted on the internet also showed Mark Sami Ibrahim carrying a flag bearing the words “Liberty or Death” outside the Capitol, about 12 minutes before a mob of people pulled apart a nearby set of barricades, authorities said. Ibrahim, 32, of Orange County, California, was a probationary employee of the DEA and was on personal leave from the agency when he traveled to Washington on Jan. 6.

How the billionaire space race is driving innovation

Yahoo Finance 20 July, 2021 - 10:32am

Jonathan Kanter, an antitrust veteran who is a favorite of progressives, is the Biden administration's choice to lead the Department of Justice's antitrust section as it pursues a raft of cases against tech giants, the White House announced Tuesday.Why it matters: The nomination completes a trifecta of wins for Democrats who want to see the standards for holding tech companies accountable for monopolistic behavior broaden beyond the traditional "consumer harm" measure.Get market news worthy of y

CHICAGO (Reuters) -United Airlines reported its sixth consecutive quarterly loss on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic, though revenue quadrupled from a year ago and topped estimates with a strong domestic travel rebound. Chicago-based United said it will continue ramping up flying in the third quarter and forecast its total unit revenue - comparing sales to flight capacity - for the period will be higher than the same quarter in 2019, a turning point for the airline. The company said business and long-haul international travel, to which it is more exposed than rivals, accelerated faster than anticipated, and it expects a full recovery in demand by 2023.

United Airlines Holdings Inc. reported another quarterly loss on Tuesday, telling investors they will have to wait another quarter for profit.

Bezos’ Blue Origin crew lands safely after successful first human spaceflight

Yahoo News 20 July, 2021 - 08:55am

JULIE HYMAN: We are T minus nearly five minutes to the launch. You see there on the right side of your screen that we've got the feed from Blue Origin with their director of astronaut and orbital sales Ariane Cornell, who has been narrating much of the action there on the ground in west Texas for us in the desert there.

We were just talking about it a little bit ago, but I think we should sort of put a fine point on it, sort of the differences between the different goals from a SpaceX to a Blue Origin to a Virgin Galactic. Dan Howley, for example, Virgin Galactic was more of a plane effectively taking Branson up to the edge of space. This is a more traditional rocket, and then you've got SpaceX, which is designed to make sort of further and more sustainable trips.

DAN HOWLEY: Yeah, you have SpaceX, which is basically doing it all right now. They're launching to the International Space Station. They had a winning bid for a lunar lander. Blue Origin contesting that. They wanted to be part of the lunar lander team as well, but it looks as though on the outside you have SpaceX kind of wanting to go the furthest, setting up a colony on Mars.

That's been something that Elon Musk has talked about for a long time. He has the support of NASA behind him. They do want to get to Mars down the line. The moon is set for 2024. But that's likely going to be pushed back just because the timeline is really aggressive, and it would take a lot to really hit that.

And so you have kind of Musk wanting to go furthest you would kind of think away from the Earth. You have Blue Origin obviously looking to be part of moon missions, and getting to the International Space Station, launching satellites, something that SpaceX does as well. They want to take part in contracts with the military as well as NASA. And then you have something along the lines of Virgin Galactic, which really will be tourist heavy. $250,000 per seat.

You could buy a house in some parts of the country for that, but it's not as seemingly unattainable as the multi-million dollar trips that you would get out of something like a SpaceX, $55 million for 10 days on the International Space Station, or Blue Origin for their $28 million winning seat on this particular flight. But you do get the sense that Virgin Galactic will be more of the touristy, almost thrill ride experience, very heavy on thrill, but they will be doing some experiments with astronauts. So I do think that they all are going to provide benefit, but it really does kind of go in my mind the Virgin Galactic, then Blue Origin, then SpaceX as far as advances in how far they want to go.

ADAM SHAPIRO: Julie, I'm curious, because when you hear those numbers, $28 million aboard the winning bid here, although it's the runner up at $27 million who's going, $58 million to go on SpaceX. How many of us have that kind of money lying-- I mean, I know you do, Julie, but there's a limited market--

JULIE HYMAN: Certainly.

ADAM SHAPIRO: --for space tourism, right? I mean, this is-- if your business model is space tourism, none of these companies are going to fly so to speak.

JULIE HYMAN: I'm sitting on my pile in my undisclosed location right now just outside the frame saving it up to go to space. No, certainly, if that's the proposition, but I think what's clear from all three of these guys is that there is a personal element as well as a business element. I mean, Jeff Bezos has talked extensively about how this has been a lifelong dream of his to go to space.

So as I was just reading an "Atlantic" article from a few months ago, Jeff Bezos built Blue Origin for him was the headline of the article, and there is an aspect of that for all three of these men, right? But at the same time, eventually-- I don't know how eventually, but, eventually, the cost is going to come down. And maybe it's not going to be $28 million.

Maybe as we talked about the other day, is it going to be $250,000? Is it going to be in the hundreds of thousands? It's still a small subset of the population that can afford that, but it's larger than it would be for the in the millions as it is right now.

- And there we see platform retracted down there in Van Horn, Texas. We are just about 75 seconds away from expected liftoff here. Jeff Bezos and three others aboard the New Shepard Blue Origin spacecraft, getting set to head into space in just about 60 seconds' time. And I will say countdowns are exciting. You feel the energy.

ADAM SHAPIRO: Can you imagine their hearts? I bet their hearts are pounding inside that capsule.

- Wally Funk, 82. Good for her.

- I mean--

- That's awesome.

- Oh, I was just thinking in our little jobs here when we have the countdown till we come back, and Mike counts us in, you get a little juice when he does the 4, 3, 2, 1. And imagine-- Adam, imagine sitting there waiting to see yourself sent up into space. All right, let's just take it live from Van Horn, Texas, as Jeff Bezos and the crew get ready to launch into space.

- Godspeed. First crew of New Shepard. Let's light this candle.

- T minus 16. Guidance internal. T minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4. Command engine start. 2, 1. We have lift off. The Shepard's cleared the tower.

- And New Shepard has cleared the tower on our way to space from our first human crew. Go, Jeff. Go, Mark. Go, Wally. Go, Oliver. You are going to space.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Oh my goodness. Listen to the roar of the BE-3 engine. We are just about to pass through max q, maximum dynamic pressure. That's when the stresses on the vehicle are at their maximum.

- Max q.

- Max q is confirmed. Beautiful burn on that BE-3 engine. Liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as the propellant, it's a nice-- not just clean in terms of a beautifully performing, but what comes out of it, it's steam, right? Woo. To see the glow of the engine underneath the rocket just under our shoulders and to know that we've got a crew that is going to space, it just feels different, doesn't it, Gary?

- It is totally different.

- [LAUGHS]

All right, you can follow along of course. The speedometer in the bottom left. The altimeter in the middle of the screen there. So far, appears to be a nominal flight.

All right, coming up here on MECO, main engine cutoff. That will be followed shortly by separation, and at that point after separation, we're going to let the astronauts unbuckle and take in the freedoms of zero-G. There is MECO, main engine cutoff. A beautiful shot down the New Shepard rocket. Look at that view.

Unreal. Awaiting separation here. And here we are. You can start to see. Standby. You're going to see the separation of the capsule from the booster itself.

- Woo! Oh, wow. Wow. Wow. [INAUDIBLE]

- Also you have to look out the window.

- Holy. Good god. Oh, wow.

- Woo! Woo-hoo!

- Mark, don't forget to get upside-down.

- And there we go. Our astronauts have passed the Kármán line at about 328,000 feet, continuing their ascent. You see the two vehicles there. When the speed hits zero, you know that they've hit half a G, their maximum--

- Woo-hoo!

- --altitude. And you hear they're having quite an experience.

- All my instincts are [INAUDIBLE].

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Woo-hoo! Woo.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- God. This is fun.

- You just have to wait for it. Who wants a Skittle?

- Oh, yeah. Yeah.

- Yeah! Well done.

- One minute warning. One minute warning.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Can't get [INAUDIBLE].

- Nope, no good. Here, Jeff.

- You got one?

- Got it.

- Got it?

- Let's see if I can see the boot.

- Yeah.

- Oh, yeah.

- The little tip. I cannot--

- Oh, wow. You got to take the moment to view sometimes.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- OK, get in. Everybody, get in. Doing the roll.

- Woo!

- All right, we'll do the roll.

- Oh, fantastic. Look at this. It's dark up here.

- Oh, wow.

- 2,000 miles an hour.

- Is everybody in?

- First step, status check. Astronaut Oliver.

- Oh my word!

- Oh, wow.

- [INAUDIBLE] galore!

- Oliver, status check.

- Oh, sorry. Hello, control. Rollover status is perfect. [INAUDIBLE]

- Copy. Astronaut Wally.

- Wally. To control, Wally. [INAUDIBLE]

- Copy, Astronaut Demo.

- Astronaut Demo, [INAUDIBLE].

- Copy, Astronaut Bezos.

- Woo-hoo! Woo!

- Well, that was intense.

- Bezos to [INAUDIBLE], happy, happy, happy.

- Copy.

- Thank you again, everybody, for joining us live for our first human flight on New Shepard. So far, a nominal flight. Our booster is about to return to its landing pad. There, we see engine relights.

- Sonic boom.

- And a sonic boom. And booster touchdown.

- All right, touchdown.

- Welcome back, New Shepard.

- There it is.

- Wow.

- Blue Origin, New Shepard, up and back. Jeff Bezos and three others, including his brother, making it up into space and back over the last-- what was that, Adam? About 11 minutes? 12 minutes?

ADAM SHAPIRO: Yeah, well, that's just-- it's just the booster. They're still-- we're hearing the audio from the capsule.

- Oh, there it is.

ADAM SHAPIRO: You heard Wally Funk say-- right. It's coming back down. It goes up, and then they fall. And now they get the four minutes to barf because there's essentially no gravity. But can we just acknowledge how-- I don't think we can use the F word, but it is F-word cool what we're witnessing here. I mean, this is Buck Rogers watching the booster land on its own, and they've now done that 16 times successfully. And here comes New Shepard.

- Julie pointed this out. Were they taking a selfie up there?

JULIE HYMAN: They seemed to be, right? You could hear. We just had the audio, but, obviously, you heard a lot of woo-hoo on board with the people who were up there, obviously having a good time. And then someone said, is everybody-- everybody get in, everybody get in, which I took to mean that they were taking a class photo so to speak while they were up there.

Part of this is the cool factor. Obviously, it's fricking cool like Adam was just saying. Part of it, let's be honest, is also an ad for the product, which we also saw with Virgin Galactic as we saw Richard Branson up there talking and people floating along beside and behind him that there is that aspect to it as well. I mean, even Myles was tempted when he saw the Branson voyage to space, right?

And there is an aspect of that, that you look at this and there's an aspirational aspect. How cool is this? How cool would it be to go up and do this? And even if I don't want to spend the pile of money that I'm sitting on here to go up there, certainly, this will inspire people either who have money or future actual astronauts to want to do this.

- Yeah, Julie, a much more challenging decision for you than me, considering you do have the funding to do this, whereas I don't, so that decision's certainly taken out of my hands. But I'll say with all these kind of space ventures-- and I got it too when-- I forget the guy's name-- the guy who jumped-- the Red Bull guy. He jumped out of a plane, jumped from space down to Earth. It's like that moment when you're that high above the Earth is when for me-- like, I get it.

You look back down, and you're like, yeah, OK, that would be pretty cool. When they're taking off, all you're thinking-- all I'm thinking is what's going to go wrong? But once you get up that high-- and I know that landing is usually more dangerous. It's more dangerous in a plane. Probably more dangerous here. But once you get up there, it seems like, OK, that for me, Adam, that does it.

ADAM SHAPIRO: I'm just watching this, and I'm just amazed. I mean, this capsule is going to slow down to one mile per hour before it actually touches planet Earth. But for me being a Cold War era child, I'm thinking about what I said earlier. The competition with, say, now the Chinese. The Russians are out of it. But the Chinese, I mean, that is so 20th century. OK, it hit at 16 miles per hour, but, still, they landed safely. And look what we're doing, and it's all private.

- No, I am amazed. I'm just looking at Virgin Galactic shares. I've been watching this all morning long. Now you're seeing the sell off accelerate a little bit premarket in Virgin Galactic shares, and I'm surprised. I mean, this is a big-- another validation in the space travel industry. I would have thought the stock would have taken off. That's just not the case. It's just an amazing morning.

Jeff Bezos and a small crew successfully went to space and back on Tuesday morning, and actress/director Elizabeth Banks is happy about their safe return — but only for half the people on board. The crew of the New Shepard included the billionaire and his brother, Mark, pilot Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk and 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemon. The latter half of the crew marks both the oldest and the youngest person ever to go to space, respectively. Upon their return, Banks tweeted out her

Jeff Bezos said the moment with family and friends "makes me realize how much I love you and how much I'm loved"

Jeff Bezos was so triumphant he was practically glowing at a press conference following the Blue Origin’s first crewed mission to space, 21 years after he founded the company in 2000. Bezos was one of four that rode in the RSS First Step capsule; the others were his financier brother, Mark; aviation legend and Mercury 13 veteran Wally Funk; and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, the son of the second-highest bidder on the Blue Origin seat auction. The company now joins a very tiny circle of companies that have sent private citizens to space, in the biggest boost yet for the nascent space tourism industry.

Blue Origin successfully completed its first crewed launch Tuesday, sending four human passengers to space – including the company’s founder, Jeff Bezos. The result of billions of dollars of investment, dozens of test launches and some petty squabbling amongst ultra-rich founders, the triumph of the New Shepard, along with that of Virgin Galactic earlier this month, undoubtably heralds the dawn of a new age of space tourism. The mission took place at Launch Site One, Blue Origin’s sprawling and secretive facility that sits around thirty miles north of the small town of Van Horn, Texas.

Virgin Galactic (NYSE: SPCE) has competition in the space tourism space. At 9:12 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, rival space tourism provider Blue Origin launched its New Shepard suborbital spacecraft on its first crewed mission. Three minutes after that, its crew members (i.e., space tourists, as the flight was piloted remotely) -- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos; his brother, Mark Bezos; onetime "Mercury 13" astronaut hopeful Wally Funk; and teen hedge fund scion Oliver Daemen -- joined the booster on the ground, floating safe and sound to Earth under a trio of parachutes.

Wally Funk was overlooked for space flight in the 60s but got a second chance with Jeff Bezos.

Blue Origin is set to launch its fully reusable New Shepard spacecraft with humans on board for the first time on Tuesday, and it's sending Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos up along with his brother and two record-setting astronauts. The full flight profile includes a takeoff from Blue Origin's remote West Texas facility, followed by an ascent to a height of roughly 62 miles above the Earth's surface. This is not significantly different in terms of timing or sequence from the 15 prior New Shepard flights that Blue Origin has flown, but this is the first one with humans on board (including the world's richest), so it's obviously the one to watch.

For years, the official letterhead for the small town of Van Horn, tucked neatly among the foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains, read simply: “Farming, ranching, mining.” The sprawling spaceport of Blue Origin, the company founded by business magnate Jeff Bezos in 2000, is located about 25 miles outside of the town of about 1,800 residents on what was once desolate desert ranchland. On Tuesday, the company plans to launch four people on a 10-minute trip into space, including Bezos, his brother, Mark, female aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old Dutchman and last-minute fill-in for the winner of a $28 million charity auction who had a scheduling conflict.

Billionaire Jeff Bezos and his New Shepard rocket crew returned safely to Earth after blasting off Tuesday from the West Texas desert.

The Dutch teen joined Jeff Bezos, Bezos' brother Mark, and aviator Wally Funk aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft.

Video footage from Blue Origin also shows the crew tossing orange ping pong balls and floating around the cabin.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos launched on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket Tuesday, soaring nearly 62 miles into suborbital space.

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