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Where is the Blue Origin launch site?

If all goes to plan, the company's New Shepard rocket and capsule will take off for an 11-minute journey, launching and landing outside Van Horn, Texas at Blue Origin facilities, dubbed Launch Site One. Space.comBlue Origin to launch its 1st astronaut flight with Jeff Bezos and crew of 3 today

Did Bezos actually go into space?

Bezos successfully flew to the edge of space Tuesday aboard a rocket and capsule developed by his private spaceflight company, Blue Origin. The billionaire entrepreneur made history by being part of the first unpiloted suborbital flight with an all-civilian crew. NBC NewsAmazon's Jeff Bezos makes history with all-civilian suborbital flight

How does Blue Origin return to Earth?

The craft landed back on Earth about 10 minutes after liftoff, buoyed by a trio of parachutes. Bezos gave a thumbs up from his seat in the capsule shortly after landing. The crew emerged from the craft minutes later and was greeted by loved ones as well as a camera crew. Los Angeles TimesJeff Bezos completes suborbital space flight on New Shepard

Where in West Texas is Blue Origin?

Blue Origin has a suborbital launch facility known as Launch Site One. It is located in the West Texas region, 25 miles north of the town of Van Horn at 31.39700621759836, -104.74726846722889. wikipedia.orgBlue Origin facilities

The 57-year-old Amazon founder, his brother and two others stepped into the New Shepard rocket in Van Horn, Texas, on Tuesday — the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The flight lasted just over 10 minutes, with the crew experiencing a few minutes of weightlessness before returning safely to earth.

"Best day ever," Bezos said from the autonomous capsule after it landed.

Bezos was joined by his younger brother, Mark; Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk, an 82-year-old female aviation pioneer; and Oliver Daemen, 18, the son of the chief executive of a private equity investment firm and one of the runners-up in a $28 million charitable auction for the mission’s final seat. (The actual winner, who remains anonymous for now, had a “scheduling conflict” and will go on a later flight.)

The suborbital flight included the youngest (Daemen), oldest (Funk) and richest (Bezos) people ever to reach space.

They climbed to an altitude of 351,210 feet, past the so-called Kármán line (62 miles above Earth) which is recognized by some international aviation and aerospace experts as the threshold of space. 

Family members greeted the crew on the ground after they stepped out of the capsule for a champagne toast at about 8:30 a.m. local time.

At a press conference later Tuesday morning, Funk said she felt "great."

"I've been waiting a long time," she said, adding: "I want to go again."

It was the first launch with passengers for Blue Origin, which — like Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX — plans to start flying paying customers in the months ahead.

"We are open for ticket sales to send all of you to space," Ariane Cornell, Blue Origin's sales director, told viewers watching the livestream of the company's historic launch.

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Space companies Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, and SpaceX are looking to make space exploration more affordable and accessible.

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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.

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"Impressive! Very best to all the crew from me and all the team at @virgingalactic," Richard Branson tweeted.

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Bezos and his companions are due to experience a rocket launch, skim the edge of space, then plunge to a parachute landing in just 11 minutes.

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