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Jeff Bezos became part of history on July 20

 This month, Jeff Bezos becomes the second billionaire to launch himself into space

Jeff Bezos became part of history on July 20
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On July 20, Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old former pilot Mary "Wally" Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen boarded a fully automated spacecraft.

The astronauts, who believe they are ushering in the era of commercial space travel, launched shortly after 9 a.m. However, Bezos is not the first to attempt this. Only nine days ago, Richard Branson set out on his own journey into space.

Having said that, Bezos did travel a little higher up in his 11-minute expedition. The New Shepard capsule features the widest windows of any spaceship, providing passengers with stunning views as they traveled almost 62 miles aloft.

Bezos showed his delight about the trip ahead of time. "People keep asking if I'm nervous. I'm not nervous; I'm excited. I'm curious. I'm curious about what we're going to learn "According to CBS News, he revealed this to Gayle King.

"We've been training, this vehicle is prepared, this crew is prepared, and this squad is incredible. We just have a great feeling about it."

Jeff Bezos became part of history on July 20
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Blue Origin, Bezos' spaceflight services company, released the data shortly after the trip. During the launch, the crew capsule achieved a maximum height of 351,210 feet, and the rocket reached a top speed of 2,233 mph. From launch until capsule landing, the mission took 10 minutes and 10 seconds.

Bezos discussed his thoughts on the journey's perspective from orbit at a press conference following the mission.

"The atmosphere is so massive... but when you go up above it, what you see is that it's actually incredibly thin, this tiny, little delicate thing that we are harming as we move around the world," he said.


"It's one thing to recognize that academically; everything's quite another to actually see with your own eyes how fragile it truly is, and that was incredible."

Wally Funk, 82, became the oldest person to travel to space as a result of the voyage.

"I've been looking forward to getting up there for a long time. I really enjoyed it... and the four of us had a terrific time "She stated.



"It was fantastic. I want to go again, and I want to go now!"