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In pics: A look at Jeff Bezos' 1st passenger flight to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket

Updated : July 20, 2021 08:59 PM IST

Named after America’s first astronaut, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket soared from remote West Texas on July 20 -- the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing -- a date chosen by Bezos for its historical significance.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space on July 20 on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket -- the first flight with people on board -- becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. (Image: AP)
Jeff Bezos blasted off into space on July 20 on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket -- the first flight with people on board -- becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. (Image: AP)
Named after America’s first astronaut, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket soared from remote West Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a date chosen by Bezos for its historical significance. (Image: AP)
Named after America’s first astronaut, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket soared from remote West Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a date chosen by Bezos for its historical significance. (Image: AP)
The Amazon founder was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space. (Image: AP)
The Amazon founder was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space. (Image: AP)
Blue Origin was shooting for an altitude of roughly 66 miles (106 kilometers), more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) higher than Branson’s July 11 ride. The 60-foot (18-meter) booster accelerated to Mach 3 or three times the speed of sound to get the capsule high enough, before separating and aiming for a vertical landing. (Image: AP)
Blue Origin was shooting for an altitude of roughly 66 miles (106 kilometers), more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) higher than Branson’s July 11 ride. The 60-foot (18-meter) booster accelerated to Mach 3 or three times the speed of sound to get the capsule high enough, before separating and aiming for a vertical landing. (Image: AP)
The passengers were expected to get three to four minutes of weightlessness to float around the spacious white capsule. Then the window-filled capsule was going to head to a parachute touchdown on the desert floor, with Bezos and his guests briefly experiencing nearly six times the force of gravity, or 6 G’s, on the way back. (Image: AP)
The passengers were expected to get three to four minutes of weightlessness to float around the spacious white capsule. Then the window-filled capsule was going to head to a parachute touchdown on the desert floor, with Bezos and his guests briefly experiencing nearly six times the force of gravity, or 6 G’s, on the way back. (Image: AP)
Joining them on the ultimate joyride was the company’s first paying customer, Oliver Daemen, a last-minute fill-in for the mystery winner of a $28 million auction who opted for a later flight. The Dutch teen’s father took part in the auction, and agreed on a lower undisclosed price last week when Blue Origin offered his son the vacated seat. (image: AP)
Joining them on the ultimate joyride was the company’s first paying customer, Oliver Daemen, a last-minute fill-in for the mystery winner of a $28 million auction who opted for a later flight. The Dutch teen’s father took part in the auction, and agreed on a lower undisclosed price last week when Blue Origin offered his son the vacated seat. (image: AP)
The 60-foot booster accelerated to Mach 3 or three times the speed of sound to get the capsule high enough, before separating and landing upright. Blue Origin reached an altitude of 106 km, more than 16 km higher than Branson's July 11 ride. (Image: AP)
The 60-foot booster accelerated to Mach 3 or three times the speed of sound to get the capsule high enough, before separating and landing upright. Blue Origin reached an altitude of 106 km, more than 16 km higher than Branson's July 11 ride. (Image: AP)
The passengers had several minutes of weightlessness to float around the spacious white capsule with huge windows. Cheering, whooping and exclamations of “wow” could be heard from the capsule through an audio feed. The capsule landed under parachutes, with Bezos and his guests briefly experiencing nearly six times the force of gravity, or 6 G’s, on the way back. (Image: AP)
The passengers had several minutes of weightlessness to float around the spacious white capsule with huge windows. Cheering, whooping and exclamations of “wow” could be heard from the capsule through an audio feed. The capsule landed under parachutes, with Bezos and his guests briefly experiencing nearly six times the force of gravity, or 6 G’s, on the way back. (Image: AP)
Led by Bezos, they climbed out of the capsule after touchdown with wide grins, embracing parents, partners and children, then popped open bottles of sparkling wine, spraying one another.
Led by Bezos, they climbed out of the capsule after touchdown with wide grins, embracing parents, partners and children, then popped open bottles of sparkling wine, spraying one another.
Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule parachutes safely down to the launch area with passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule parachutes safely down to the launch area with passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Published : July 20, 2021 07:15 PM IST
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