On July 20, the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, successfully launched into space just nine days after the Virgin Galactics founder Sir Richard Branson’s space trip.
On returning to Earth, he described the experience as his “best day ever!”
In what came off like a reciprocation, Branson also congratulated Bezos on his feat, saying “Well done. Impressive! Very best to all the crew from me and all the team at Virgin Galactic.”
Here are amazing facts about Bezos’ trip to space:
Bezos was accompanied by his brother Mark, aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen.
The New Shepard space flight system of Bezos’ Blue Origin was named after Astronaut Alan Shepard from NASA.
The space journey began in the desert near Van Horn, Texas, USA.
According to statistics provided by Blue Origin, the total mission time from launch to capsule landing was 10 minutes 10 seconds.
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The crew capsule reached a maximum altitude of 351,210 feet (or 107 kilometers), with the rocket reaching a top speed of 2,233 mph during the launch.
Recent Dutch high school graduate Oliver Daemen, 18, now holds the record of the youngest person to launch into space, a record previously held by Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Stepanovich Titov who in 1961 attained the feat a month before his 26th birthday.
Daeman took the space of the still-anonymous $28 million winning auction bidder who quoted “scheduling conflicts” for postponing their flight.
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