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Jeff Bezos Set to Blast off on Blue Origin Rocket


Jeff Bezos Set to Blast off on Blue Origin Rocket

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Within the upper echelons of wealth, a discreet competition in the realm of space exploration is unfolding. Influential executives such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson are vying to establish a commercial space tourism sector, with companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic pushing the boundaries. Blue Origin seems poised to take the lead, as it prepares to launch its maiden voyage with its founder on board.

Today, Jeff Bezos revealed on his Instagram that he will be embarking on the inaugural journey of Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft. The liftoff is scheduled for next month, on July 20, shortly after Bezos steps down from his role as Amazon’s CEO. Joining him will be five other passengers, including his younger sibling, Mark Bezos.

“Since the age of five, the desire to venture into space has been ingrained in me,” Bezos expressed. “On July 20th, I will embark on this odyssey alongside my brother; the ultimate adventure with my closest companion.”

“Observing Earth from space transforms you. It alters your perception of this planet and humanity. It unifies us as inhabitants of one Earth,” Bezos elaborated. “Embarking on this flight fulfills a lifelong aspiration, a thrilling adventure, a significant personal milestone.”

The initial itinerary for New Shepard involves ascending to the cusp of Earth’s atmosphere, 60 miles above the surface, in a brief 11-minute escapade. Should this trial voyage prove successful, it will signal the commencement of Blue Origin’s commercial space tourism offerings. The cost of a ticket for an average individual remains undisclosed, though an auction is ongoing for one of the limited seats. Currently, the bid stands at $2.8 million, anticipating a more accessible price point.

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