Fifty-two years after Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, the founder of Amazon reached space’s shoreline. At about 9:12 a.m. this morning, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket lifted off with Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-old Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemon on board.
A few minutes later, the capsule that carried the crew members separated from the booster, giving the newly-minted astronauts a few moments of microgravity.
“You have a very happy crew up here, I want you to know,” one person said.
The capsule skirted the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere and space, at a point known as the Karman line.
About 10 minutes after take-off, the capsule began its descent.
“It was so amazing, it was so amazing,” Daemen said as they landed. Jeff Bezos was pumping his fists and offering a thumbs-up sign through the window.