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Blue Origin, the space flight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, successfully completed its first human flight today with four private citizens aboard the New Shepard space vehicle. The crew included Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk and Oliver Daemen, who all officially became astronauts when they passed the Kármán Line, the internationally recognized boundary of space.
Upon landing, the astronauts were greeted by their families and Blue Origin’s ground operations team for a celebration in the West Texas desert.
A Historic Mission
- Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk, 82, became the oldest person to fly in space.
- Oliver Daemen, 18, was the first commercial astronaut to purchase a ticket and fly to space on a privately-funded and licensed space vehicle from a private launch site. He also became the youngest person to fly in space.
- New Shepard became the first commercial vehicle under a suborbital reusable launch vehicle license to fly paying customers, both payloads and astronauts, to space and back.
- Jeff and Mark Bezos became the first siblings to ever fly in space together.
“Today was a monumental day for Blue Origin and human spaceflight,” said Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin. “I am so incredibly proud of Team Blue, their professionalism, and expertise in executing today’s flight. This was a big step forward for us and is only the beginning.”
Blue Origin expects to fly two more crewed flights this year, with many more crewed flights planned for 2022.
Check out the video replay of the flight: