Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin company flew a third civilian crew into space on Saturday, this time bringing it back safely, including the daughter of the first American astronaut.
A stubby white with a rounded tip flew into the clear blue sky of western Texas and traveled for about 11 minutes across internationally recognized borders. Sky, 62 miles (100 kilometers) high.
The crew of six cheered to enjoy a few minutes of weightlessness while watching the universe through the high windows of the capsule.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said an unidentified crew member when Blue Origin livestreamed the flight.
The capsule quickly returned to Earth, and a gentle parachute descended into the desert, kicking up a cloud of dust when it landed.
Bezos and other company officials were in a hurry to greet the crew as they emerged from the capsule with a smile. The booster rockets landed separately and safely.
“It was a great flight today,” Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith said in a statement.
Laura Shepard Churchley, whose father Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into space in 1961, flew as a guest on Blue Origin.
The company’s ballistic rocket is actually named “New Shepard” in honor of the pioneering astronauts.
Michael Strahan, a television personality who had been inducted into the American Football Hall, was also a guest, but so were space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick and Beth Ventures founder Len Beth. There were four customers who paid, Cameron Beth.
Lane and the Camarombs became the first parent-child pair to fly into space. Ticket prices have not been disclosed.
Less than a month after Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Union became the first human to orbit the planet, Alan Shepard made American history in a 15-minute ballistic flight on May 5, 1961. ,
Shepherd, who died in 1998, became the fifth of twelve people to set foot on the Moon.
“It’s a little funny for me to say that the original Shepard flies at New Shepard,” said Shepard Churchley, who runs a foundation that promotes science and raises money for college students. said in. “I am very proud of my father’s legacy.”
In the last Blue Origin flight, the company’s billionaire founder Bezos and Star Trek actor William Shatner flew into space.
Bezos, who made his fortune in the Amazon, envisions a future in which humanity will spread throughout the Solar System, living and working in a giant space colony with artificial gravity.
This would leave the planet as a pristine tourist destination like today’s national parks, he says.
2021 is an important year for the space travel sector, with Virgin Galactic also taking founder Richard Branson to the last frontier, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX sending four civilians on a three-day orbital mission to charity. I did
First American daughter to go to space in her next Blue Origin flight
© 2021 AFP
Citation: Bezos’s Blue Origin third crewed space flight was achieved on December 11, 2021 from https://phys.org/news/2021-12-bezos-blue-crewed-space-flight.html. Completed (December 11, 2021 )
This document is subject to copyright. No part may be reproduced without written permission, except in reasonable transactions for personal investigation or research purposes. The content is provided for informational purposes only.