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There is entertainment for any budget. If you want to spend your time funny with no need to spend your money, play https://www.playamo.com/games or watch a movie with friends. But if you have an unlimited budget, Jeff Bezos offers you to try space travelling, and he has already tried such an activity himself. 

The world’s richest man returned from a space mission that lasted just more than 10 minutes. He became the second billionaire in history to go into space on his ship. The first one was Richard Branson who completed his flight on July 11, 2021.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s richest businessman, returned to Earth after a space flight on July 20. A capsule with Bezos and other space tourists landed on parachutes in the Texas desert. The flight was broadcast on the YouTube channel of his space company called Blue Origin. 

With Bezos on board, there were three other passengers: his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk, who trained for a space flight in the 1960s but did not become a member of the mission, and 18-year-old Oliver Damen. This guy is the first commercial customer Blue Origin, the ticket which was given to him by his father, founder of Somerset Capital Partners investment fund Jos Damen. Funk and Damen became the oldest and youngest astronauts ever to go into space. There were no pilots aboard because the ship was operated autonomously. 

New Shepard took off from Blue Origin’s own launch pad in Van Horn with a 12-minute delay from its originally announced launch time. Blue Origin could afford to delay the flight because it was not dependent on weather or planetary conditions, New Shepard designer Gary Ly explained during the broadcast. 

Less than five minutes after liftoff, the capsule carrying the space tourists separated from the launch vehicle and continued its ascent while the rocket headed back to Earth. The capsule reached an altitude of about 106 kilometers above Earth, crossing the so-called Carman Line – the conditional boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space at an altitude of 100 kilometers above sea level. There, the astronauts spent several minutes in weightlessness, after which the capsule began its return journey. Then it entered Earth’s atmosphere and opened its parachutes for landing. The entire flight took just over 10 minutes. 

 

New Shepard had previously made 15 successful test flights without a crew. The launch on July 20 was the first with people on board. The date was not chosen accidentally: Exactly 52 years ago, U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first people to set foot on the moon. Bezos originally planned to launch the first mission with humans back in July 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, but problems with New Shepard’s subsystems and avionics, which could have led to increased risks for passengers, got in the way. 

In the more than 20 years since its founding, Blue Origin has faced a fair amount of technical difficulties, repeatedly pushed back launch dates and required a substantial infusion of capital. Insiders interviewed doubt the company will ever be profitable. 

Even though Blue Origin is positioned as a company specializing in space tourism, it still hasn’t announced ticket prices for the flights. Some analysts believe that Bezos has abandoned initial plans and intends to focus on larger tasks. Others believe that the purpose of launching New Shepard with Bezos on board was to showcase the company’s technological capabilities, which would later be used for orbital flights and deep space exploration.

How Bezos Started

Today, Bezos is the richest man in the world. Amazon founder and CEO announced his resignation at the beginning of 2021. But he didn’t have a lot at the beginning. Here is how he started:

  • In July 1994, Bezos left his stable and secure Wall Street job to pursue his dream of creating one of the world’s first online bookstores. The first investors were his parents. 
  • In January 1997, Bezos and top Amazon employees went to the Sleeping Lady resort, a two-hour drive from Seattle, for a few days of brainstorming. There he told the crowd that he wanted to instill a “culture of measurement” in the company. 
  • In 2002, Bezos announced a restructuring of the management structure – now the main management units were to consist of small teams, each responsible for their own results. 
  • In 2006, Amazon Web Services emerged, a prototype of the future cloud, which made the company’s Internet technology and infrastructure available for other companies to use – for computing, storing information and building their websites.

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