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 go into space?
Jeff Bezos, the richest human in the world, went to space on Tuesday. It was a brief jaunt — rising 60-some miles into the sky above West Texas — in a spacecraft that was built by Mr. Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin. The New York Times‘Best Day Ever’: Highlights From Bezos and Blue Origin Crew’s Short Flight to Space
What time is Jeff Bezos space flight?
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. Blue Origin will begin coverage of the launch at 6:30 a.m. nj.comJeff Bezos space flight: How to watch launch, live stream, time, TV, channel
How much has Jeff Bezos spent on Blue Origin?
Mr. Bezos has said he has invested around $1 billion annually in Blue Origin in recent years. The Wall Street JournalBlue Origin Launch: Jeff Bezos and Crew Complete Successful Space Flight
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, and declared that the event had made for his "Best. Day. Ever." Bezos, his brother Mark, and flew on a New Shepard rocket, landing safely in the West Texas desert after a trip of eight-plus minutes.
Bezos was the second billionaire businessman in just nine days to head to space, withbeating Bezos. Branson's launch , and Bezos' trip did the same.
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Bezos and crew rode in what CNET's Jackson Ryan calls a "," lifted by a rocket called a New Shepard. "Gumdrop" is a sweet descriptor, but when the capsule sat atop the rocket, plenty of people saw a less family-friendly form.
"There are sometimes signs that people working for a rich/powerful person have utter contempt for their boss," wrote one Twitter user. "The dong rocket is one of those signs."
There are sometimes signs that people working for a rich/powerful person have utter contempt for their boss. The dong rocket is one of those signs.
Another user referred to a mohel, or the person who takes care of ritual Jewish circumcisions.
I’ve always said the truest measure of wealth is hiring a rocket mohel pic.twitter.com/WX0QWsDhtl
And the weenie references didn't stop there...
So Bezos really just went and made his rocket shaped like a penis, huh? pic.twitter.com/Wq0fVP3idz
✨✨Congratulations on you penis rocket now pay your taxes ✨✨
I’m super busy today writing a country song about how my wife left me so I’m running away from my taxes in a dick shaped rocket.
Some jokes centered on the fact that Bezos and his group spent very little time actually up in the air, landing in under 10 minutes.
"Wake me up when Bezos spends as much time in space as a dog," wrote writer Alex Shephard, referring to Soviet space dog Laika.
wake me up when Bezos spends as much time in space as a dog pic.twitter.com/ebmptQUK42
Even the french space cat was up there for a few more minutes. pic.twitter.com/Ji5WZSQtUJ
The duration of that Blue Origin flight was ... approximately one Quibi.
Others envisioned Bezos' flight as the first scene of a sci-fi movie, such as Planet of the Apes.
"Oh no, what if Jeff Bezos travels through time and lands on a future earth ravaged by humanity's ignorance," snarked writer Dave Itzkoff.
oh no what if jeff bezos travels through time and lands on a future earth ravaged by humanity's ignorance
The end of The Planet of the Apes but it's just Bezos landing near forest fires out of control
From Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z🤯 pic.twitter.com/wo1SQbCZHJ
And some brought Bezos' ex-wife, Mackenzie Scott, into the picture.
"Hard to imagine a better divorce outcome than getting 50 billion dollars and then your ex literally leaves the planet," wrote one Twitter user.
hard to imagine a better divorce outcome than getting 50 billion dollars and then your ex literally leaves the planet
On this monumental day of Jeff Bezos going to space, I’d like to offer a hearty congratulations to his ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, who’s realizing the dream of every woman who’s ever wished her ex would fall off the face of the planet; you’re living the dream, girl.
Bezos going to space is like that episode of Bob's Burgers where Teddy tries to show off his boat to his ex-wife
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After 15 previous successful launches of the New Shepard rocket from West Texas, Blue Origin marked a new milestone launching four crew members, two were invited guests of Bezos and one, the first paying customer.
New Shepard blasted off from the launchpad just after 9 a.m. sending Jeff and Mark Bezos, aviation pioneer and Mercury 13 member Wally Funk and Oliver Daeman, 18, of the Netherlands, on a 10-minute journey to the edge of space. The New Shepard capsule separated from the rocket booster at about 250,000 feet sending the capsule up to 66 miles above sea level.
The first crewed flight was scheduled for July 20 to mark the anniversary of Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 flight in 1961. Shepard’s two daughters, Laura and Julie, were there to watch the launch.
The commercial astronauts could be heard from audio in the capsule celebrating their time from launch to landing. Bezos brought some Skittles to share with the crew and Funk could be heard saying “woohoo!”
Video from inside the capsule showed the crew doing flips, giving hugs and passing around some ping pong balls.
After only a few minutes, an automated voice in the capsule told the crew to strap back in for landing.
Due to her six-decade wait, the 82-year-old became the oldest person in space.
During a post-launch news conference, Funk gave her honest review of the flight saying she “loved it” but there wasn’t enough room for everyone to do flips in the capsule. She also wished the zero-gravity time was longer than the four minutes they got.
Former NASA astronaut turned Blue Origin team member Jeff Ashby pinned commercial astronaut wings on the four passengers. The small pins have the letter A, wings and a tiny blue sapphire that represents Earth, Ashby said.
Daeman and Mark Bezos received their wings first and after pinning the wings on Jeff Bezos, the business mogul replied, “I’m so happy.”
Funk received her astronaut pin last to cheers and applause from the crowd in the Blue Origin barn in Texas.
“60 years, Wally and I get to pin this on,” Ashby said.
Funk replied, “this is the best pin I’ve ever had in my life and I’ve had a lot of them,” referring to her pilot wings and other accolades.
And after such a long wait, she’s itching to go again.
“I’ve been waiting a long time to finally get it up there,” Funk said. “I want to go again — fast.”
“I felt so charged. I was not nervous,” Funk said. “I was just a normal person going into space.”
Mark and Jeff Bezos joked Funk not only didn’t have pre-flight jitters but was impatient to get her journey started. There were two holds during the countdown that delayed the liftoff by about 13 minutes.
“She was wondering what was taking so long,” Mark Bezos said.
Mark Bezos said he was surprised by the g-forces on the way back down. The New Shepard capsule slows from over 2,000 mph to 1 mph landing via parachutes about 2 miles from where it launched. The crew experienced about 6 G-forces.
“It was incredibly exhilarating,” Mark Bezos said.
Blue Origin continues to sign up paying customers to fly with New Shepard. Bezos revealed the company has already secured about $100 million in payments for upcoming flights.
Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos, who recently stepped down as Amazon CEO, plans to divide his time between working at Blue Origin and the Bezos Earth Fund. Asked if his next steps include more spaceflights, the richest man in the world replied, “Hell yes, how fast can you refuel that thing? Let’s go!”
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