The founder of Amazon and Blue Origin shared the emotional moment they got out of their seats and enjoyed a few minutes of the journey. At the same time, they saw the curvature of the Earth. "I was stunned," said the richest man on the planet.
Jeff Bezos made history once again. This time it was not because of the success of his vast Amazon digital emporium or because of his fortune, but because of the exploration into space that he shared with three other crew members: his brother Mark, Wally Funk, 82, and the Dutch Oliver Daemen, 18 years old. . After the landing, the founder of Blue Origin - the company in charge of the crossing and the construction of the New Shepard ship - published a video on his social networks in which he shows the emotion of the four members of the space capsule and how they floated inside of the cabin taking advantage of zero gravity.
Through the compartment windows, you can see what so many would long to see: the curvature of the Earth from space. Blue Origin conducted its first human-crewed mission, a journey that lasted exactly 10.18 minutes from West Texas to beyond the Karman Line and vice versa, to coincide with the 52nd anniversary of the Moon landing.
Bezos said he was "stunned" by the "beauty and fragility" when he saw it from space on Tuesday during his flight aboard a spacecraft of his company Blue Origin. "Everyone who has been in space has said that it changed them and that they were amazed, stunned, by the Earth and its beauty, but also by its fragility, and I could not agree more," said the founder of Amazon at a press conference after his flight over 100 km high.
He added that while the atmosphere appeared to be "so big" from the surface when you rise above it, "you see that it is fragile, it is a tiny and fragile thing, and as we move around the planet, we damage it.".
"It is one thing to recognize that intellectually and another thing to see it with your own eyes." The company released images of the newly minted astronauts performing near-zero-gravity somersaults and throwing bowls that Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen caught in his mouth.
"We had a great time; it was wonderful," added Funk, who at 82 has become the oldest astronaut. "I want to go again - quickly!" he said.
The crew carried a number of presents for the 10-minute voyage, including a piece of cloth from the Wright Brothers' first airplane, a bronze medal from the first hot air balloon blown in 1783, and a pair of glasses that Amelia Earhart Was
Bezos praised the work of his engineering team, saying that the New Shepard rocket's design architecture would eventually be used as the second stage of the much larger New Glenn rocket. When asked if he would go again, he said, "Hell yeah, how fast can we reload that thing? Go!".
The previous flight
Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson made the trip on July 11 after easily defeating the Amazon mogul in the Billionaire War.
But Bezos, like Branson, insists this is not a competition.
"There is a person who was the first person in space, his name was Yuri Gagarin, and that happened a long time ago," he told TODAY on NBC on Monday, referring to the Soviet cosmonaut's 1961 milestone. This is not a competition; this is about building a path into space so that future generations can do amazing things there," he added.