Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard torches Bezos, Blue Origin rocket launch

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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

Who went in Blue Origin?

Blue Origin's first flight to space with humans onboard included the billionaire Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen. The team traveled more than 60 miles above Earth. “There's Oliver on the left, Jeff Bezos on the right. The New York Times‘Best Day Ever’: Highlights From Bezos and Blue Origin Crew’s Short Flight to Space

Is Bezos launch on TV?

Here's the information you'll need to watch the Bezos space flight on TV, or online via a free live stream. When is Jeff Bezos space flight? The Jeff Bezos rocket launch will happen around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20. The exact time that coverage begins on TV will vary based on each network that is covering the flight. nj.comJeff Bezos space flight: How to watch launch, live stream, time, TV, channel

How much did Jeff Bezos flight cost?

The only indication of Blue Origin's pricing structure is a public auction the company held for a seat on its first flight with Bezos, which went for $28 million. CNBCJeff Bezos says sales of Blue Origin space tourist flights are 'approaching $100 million' already

By Emily Jacobs

July 20, 2021 | 3:30pm | Updated July 20, 2021 | 3:40pm

Former US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ripped Jeff Bezos ahead of his successful trip to space, telling him to “do the world a favor” and “stay up there.”

Gabbard, a Democrat who represented Hawaii in the House before running for president in 2020, voiced her views ahead of the highly publicized launch in a pair of tweets Tuesday morning.

“Bezos, please stay up there. Do the world a favor,” Gabbard wrote in the first post.

“The only problem I have with Bezos’ Blue Origin space rocket ship into outer space is that it’s going to come back,” she added in the second.

The Amazon and Blue Origin founder, who is also the world’s richest man, became an astronaut Tuesday after blasting off in his New Shepard rocket at 9:12 a.m. ET from West Texas on his company’s first commercial flight.

“Best day ever!” said Bezos, who was strapped into seat No. 6, after completing his dream-come-true trip.

He was joined on the trip by his younger brother, 53-year-old Mark Bezos, whom he invited, as well as fellow crew members Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old recent high school graduate from the Netherlands, and 82-year-old space pioneer Wally Funk.

The trip lasted just over 10 minutes and reached 66.5 miles.

Bezos, whose e-commerce and cloud computing giant has one of the most sophisticated distribution and shipping operations in the country, did not face criticism only from Gabbard.

Nearly 165,000 people signed their names to a petition calling on Bezos to stay in space after he launched himself into orbit Tuesday.

As of about 9 a.m. Tuesday, when the Amazon founder blasted off, more than 164,000 had signed a Change.org petition titled “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth.”

The joking plea to keep Bezos from returning to Earth comes after a separate petition with the same stated goal racked up hundreds of thousands of signatures.

As of June 21, more than 20,000 people signed another petition, which is similarly titled “Petition To Not Allow Jeff Bezos Re-Entry To Earth.”

Bezos, who retired as CEO of Amazon this month, transitioning to an executive chairman role on the mammoth corporation’s board, saw his net worth expand by $75 million in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic drove the site’s sales into the stratosphere.

He has since drawn criticism for getting astronomically richer while thousands of Amazon workers live on food stamps and toil in poor conditions.

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