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What time is the Blue Origin launch on Tuesday?

Launch is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20, at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) from Blue Origin's Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas. space.comBlue Origin's Jeff Bezos launch on New Shepard: Live updates

What time will Blue Origin launch?

Blue Origin had been aiming for the rocket to take off at 9 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, July 20. The company will begin coverage of the launch at 7:30 a.m. on its YouTube channel, or you can watch it in the video player embedded above. The date coincides with the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The New York TimesWhat Time Will Jeff Bezos Launch to Space?

Who is on board Blue Origin?

On board was company founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, pioneering aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen. And, judging from what they had to say upon landing, the newly minted astronauts thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Space.com'Woohoo!' Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin's first passengers revel in their launch to space

How much did Jeff Bezos pay to go to space?

Jeff Bezos Just Spent $5.5B to Be in Space for 4 Minutes. globalcitizen.orgJeff Bezos Just Spent $5.5B to Be in Space for 4 Minutes. Here Are 7 Things That Money Could Help Solve.

We got the Oregon Congressman on Capitol Hill Thursday and wanted to get more deets about the House bill he said he plans to soon introduce. In fact ... Blumenauer announced his plans on the same day Bezos and Blue Origin launched into space.

Blumenauer's bill is pretty simple ... he wants the wealthy going to space for the sole purpose of tourism to pay a luxury tax. He says anyone on a commercial flight on a trip NOT focused on scientific research should pay the price.

The Congressman says it's just like when a family goes to Legoland ... the theory being the ticket price includes taxes.  To be accurate, Legoland charges what it wants and is responsible for paying taxes on profits. Maybe it's more like an airline or cigarette tax.

The congressman says he's not opposed to space innovation. He just has strong feelings about the wealthy galavanting in space for their own entertainment without, as he says, supporting the public good.

As we reported ... the world's richest man had an awkward moment when he thanked workers and customers for footing the bill for his 10-minute rocket voyage. The comment drew the ire of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ... who tore Bezos a new one.

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Jeff Bezos' 18-year-old space-flight companion reportedly told him he had never bought anything from Amazon before

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Bezos replied, "Oh, wow, it's a long time ago I heard someone say that," Daemen told Reuters.

Amazon revenue was key to funding the trip; Bezos has thanked Amazon workers for making it possible.

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The 18-year-old passenger on Blue Origin's spaceflight on Tuesday had an awkward admission to former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos during the trip.

Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen told Bezos onboard the New Shepard rocket that he had never bought anything off of Amazon before, Reuters reported Friday.

"I told Jeff, like, I've actually never bought something from Amazon," Daemen told Reuters.

Bezos, the former Amazon CEO who credits the company's revenue with making the trip financially possible, was taken aback.

"He was like, 'Oh, wow, it's a long time ago I heard someone say that,'" Daemen continued to Reuters, which notes that Bezos bankrolled Blue Origin by selling billions of dollars' worth of Amazon stock.

Bezos thanked Amazon workers and customers after Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket touched down again.

"I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all of this," he said in a press conference after the flight. "Seriously, for every Amazon customer out there and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart very much. It's very appreciated."

Joining Bezos and Daemen on the trip to suborbital space were Bezos' brother, Mark, and 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk.

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Opinion | It's easy to hate billionaires. But they can fill voids.

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That seems to be the general consensus. Jacobin writer Luke Savage, well, savaged Bezos’s Blue Origin flight, which followed closely in the wake of Branson’s Virgin Galactic trip, calling it a “uniquely American disgrace.” Savage continued: “Only in a country whose ruling class has grown deeply deluded could a space joy ride like Jeff Bezos’s be seen as cause for public celebration rather than the symptom of moral rot and institutional decay that it so clearly is.”

Jacobin spends most of its time critiquing the ruling class, so Savage’s take wasn’t surprising. And if he made several valid points about Earth’s economic inequality and related pandemic death tolls, I’m not sure such concerns invalidate humankind’s timeless pursuit of discovery. But Bezos, whose curiosity is boundless, has become the person everyone loves to hate. Not only did he found Amazon, which nearly everyone reading this has helped enrich, but he’s building a yacht roughly the size of Rhode Island at the cost of about $500 million. Hate and envy are a matter of scale, it would seem.

Some critiques have read like movie reviews. Will Feuer, a New York Post business writer, noted that the Bezos rocket didn’t go very high, the flight was short and the view from on board was less than amazing. The flight lasted only about 11 minutes and reached 66.5 miles in altitude, slightly higher than Branson. So maybe it wasn’t a moon landing, but it was something more than sitting in a sports bar cursing an athlete for a misplaced bet.

I suspect that Bezos and Branson, whom I’ve never met, think they’re spending their excess wealth on something visionary rather than merely self-indulgent. Only the exceedingly rich could aspire to such a venture, much less accomplish the mission. Moreover, billionaires increasingly are filling voids that governments alone can’t. From providing vaccines and maternity care to building housing and schools, philanthropists are too often the last best hope for many of the world’s neediest. Why shouldn’t they also pick up where NASA has left off?

It was inevitable that private individuals would step into NASA’s footsteps. But Bezos and Branson mostly have escaped applause beyond the media, for whom a rocket launch is a ratings booster, and politicians who wouldn’t think of criticizing the richest potential donors in the world.

Democracy Now! — the angry debutante of the media’s far left — took Bezos to task for taking a ride while Earth is burning, the country is moving to tax the rich and while Amazon’s workers, whom Bezos thanked upon landing, are trying to unionize. Talk about a buzz killer.

All these claims may be hyperbolically true — climate change is part of Bezos’s stated rationale for space exploration — but liberals’ concerns with how other people spend their own money are a bit shopworn, wouldn’t you say? Instead of seeing Bezos and Branson as boys with extreme toys, I see them as modern-day explorers in the vein of Lewis and Clark — only with better navigational instruments.

Who cares if their maiden voyages were limited in scope? Baby steps usually precede giant ones. And where is it written, other than in Marxist manifestos, that the rich can’t spend as they please? And while I’d rather have a sturdy jon boat than a massive ark myself, I’m willing to test that assertion.

I generally prefer philanthropists who try to make life better for as many people as possible right here on Earth, including helping them become self-supporting capitalists. But my hunch is that they are on the right path. Maybe someday, Bezos and Branson will be heralded as 21st-century heroes of a dying planet, whose early ventures gave wing to space travel and democratized survival.

As our distant-future progeny hop the last rockets to somewhere else, families won’t be watching on tiny TVs as we did in 1969, but the weeping for all we failed to protect when we had the chance will be deafening.

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