Jeff Bezos Lifts Off on Inaugural Space Voyage
Headline Roundup July 20th, 2021
On Tuesday morning, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos lifted off with three other people from West Texas to travel to the edge of space. They then descended to the ground guided by a parachute.
The flight was a milestone for Bezos, even though it did not enter orbit. Nine days earlier, businessman Richard Branson was aboard Virgin Galactic's inaugural suborbital flight from New Mexico.
Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, and three crewmates soared high above the Texas desert aboard his space venture Blue Origin's New Shepard launch vehicle on Tuesday and returned to Earth, a historic suborbital flight that helps to inaugurate a new era of private commercial space tourism.
The spacecraft ignited its BE-3 engines for a liftoff from Blue Origin's Launch Site One facility about 20 miles (32 km) outside the rural town of Van Horn. There were generally clear skies with a few patchy clouds on a cool morning for the launch....
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 flight, even though it did not enter orbit, was a milestone for the company that Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, started more than 20 years ago, the first time a Blue Origin vehicle carried people to space.
That Mr. Bezos himself was seated in the capsule...
Billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos blasted off to space in his company Blue Origin’s first manned flight on Tuesday, over a week after Richard Branson reached sub-orbital space in his own craft.
Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launched on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, aiming to reach about 66 miles above the Earth’s surface. Also on board the rocket were Bezos’s brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, who was initially scheduled to board Blue Origin’s second space flight.
The New Shepard is fully automated, meaning...
Discuss & Debate
Want to help speed up problem solving in America? This Monday, September 20th, Americans from across the political spectrum will meet in small groups to discuss how they think our representatives should approach infrastructure. The results of these conversations will be shared with Congress.