Jeff Bezos, Planet's wealthiest Man, Travels To Space In His Rocket.
The richest man on the Earth, Jeff Bezos, spent a few minutes in space Tuesday on Blue Origin's first human mission.
The 4-member crew exchanged high-fives and hugged family who came to meet them at the landing site.
"A very happy group of people in this capsule," said Jeff Bezos after the spaceship touched down in the west Texas desert, following a 10-min hop to the Karman line and back.
The New Shepard capsule reached an altitude of 107 kilometres, allowing the passengers to experience weightlessness while admiring the curve of the Earth.
"It's dark up here," saidfemale aviator Wally Funk, who joined Jeff, his brother and 18-year-old Dutchman Oliver Daemen; Oliver Daemen became the youngest ever astronaut.
Richard Branson founder of Virgin Galactic made the voyage on July 11, narrowly beating the Blue Origin in their battle of the billionaires.
But Blue Origin's sights were set higher: both in the altitude to which its reusable New Shepard craft would ascend compared to Virgin's spaceplane and in its ambitions.
Jeff Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000 with the aim to build floating space colonies with artificial gravity where people will work and live.
Today, the company is developing a heavy-lift orbital rocket called New Glenn and a Moon lander hoping to contract to NASA.