WATCH: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and three customers land after jumping into space for 11 minutes.
VIDEOKINGS — The Blue Origin capsule, carrying Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man on the planet, his brother Mark, an 82-year-old female pilot, and a high school graduate, landed in the desert of western Texas after breaking through space boundaries. The broadcast was displayed.
The spacecraft floated on three giant parachutes before launching a retro thruster and sent a cloud of sand as it landed gently at 1-2 miles per hour. “A group of very happy people in this capsule,” Bezos said.
Blue Origin’s first crew mission coincided with the 52nd anniversary of its first lunar landing, with an 11-minute hop back across the Karman line from western Texas.
Bezos and his three fellow crew members made their flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepherd rocket and capsule (it was named after Alan Shepard, the first American in space). Following the launch, the capsule, which appeared at the tip of the ship, detached from the rocket shaft after the booster had expelled all of its propellant. Bezos and his three fellow crew members spent about 11 minutes in space and were able to float around and experience zero gravity during a few minutes of free fall, before the official descent.
“Space tourism is going to start with a very short kind of 11-minute ride up into space, you’ll be above the Karman Line, which is 100 kilometers, 62 miles up. You’ll be able to see the thin limb of the Earth’s atmosphere and see how fragile this planet really is. Everybody who goes to space says they come back a little changed,” Bezos said.