Blue Origin Jeff Bezos successfully executed his fourth crew space flight on Thursday, a merry ten -minute ride across the planet’s atmosphere and back again.
The New Shepard suborbital rocket exploded from a company’s One Launch Site base in west Texas at 8:58 a.m. local time (1358 GMT) with six crew.
The crew includes Gary Lai, chief architect of the New Shepard program, as well as five paying customers – though ticket prices have not been disclosed.
“I feel like my skin is tense,” Lai said, of the rocket’s journey.
Lai’s entry was made after comedian Pete Davidson, the boyfriend of reality star Kim Kardashian, canceled his entry without revealing a reason.
After launch, a reusable zero -emission greenhouse gas rocket landed vertically on the pad, while the capsule continued to soar high, crossing the Karman line that marked the beginning of space, 100 kilometers (62 miles) high.
Passengers unbuckle their belts and enjoy a few weightless minutes, enjoying the majesty of the Earth before the capsule re -enters the atmosphere, uses its chute and floats to the surface for a gentle desert landing.
Blue Origin’s previous flights include its founder Bezos as well as Star Trek icon William Shatner.
After many promising years, the space tourism sector is finally booming.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is targeting next week to fly three tycoons and a former astronaut to the International Space Station on the Axiom-1 mission-though the crew insisted they were doing serious research work rather than going on vacation.
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