Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos blasted off Blue Origin’s New Shepard flight on Tuesday from its Launch Site One in a distant location within the West Texas desert within the United States. The founding father of Blue Origin was accompanied by brother Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, and 18-year-old passenger Oliver Daemen.

“Congratulations to all of Team Blue past and present on reaching this historic moment in spaceflight history. This first astronaut crew wrote themselves into the history books of space, opening the door through which many after will pass,” Blue Origin mentioned after the capsule carrying the passengers touched down safely.

The mission marked one other milestone within the house race began by personal corporations. It was the primary time within the historical past of a industrial firm launching a privately funded and constructed spacecraft from a non-public launch vary with astronauts on board.

The astronauts boarded the crew capsule 30 minutes earlier than the launch and the hatch closed six minutes later. They skilled three to 4 minutes of zero-g and travelled above the Kármán Line, the internationally-recognised boundary of house.

Blue Origin’s restoration group joined the four-member crew to have fun their return from house. The profitable launch and subsequent landing made Wally Funk, 82, the oldest individual and Daeman the youngest to have flown in house.

New Shepard, a totally autonomous spacecraft, did not have any Blue Origin workers astronauts throughout its maiden human spaceflight.

Billionaire Richard Branson, who lately went into house aboard his Virgin Galactic’s rocket ship, congratulated Blue Origin crew on their achievement. “Well done @blueorigin, @jeffbezos, Mark, Wally and Oliver. Impressive! Very best to all the crew from me and all the team at @virgingalactic,” Branson tweeted.

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