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Blue Origin achieves third manned space flight

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I am very proud of my father’s legacy.

A quote from Laura Shepard Churchley

We had a great flight today, welcomed Bob Smith, CEO of this pioneering space tourism company created by the founder of Amazon.

The rocket took off at 9:01 a.m. in Texas for this 10-minute and 13-second flight that allows its passengers to spend a few moments in space. The price of the ticket is not known.

Jeff Bezos and Laura Shepard Churchley.

Billionaire Jeff Bezos chats with Laura Shepard Churchley.

Photo: Getty Images / BLUE ORIGIN

This is the first time that the New Shepard rocket capsule, aptly named after American space pioneer Alan Shepard, has been operating at full capacity. Previous flights had so far only counted four passengers.

Also on board were an American celebrity, television presenter and former professional American football player Michael Strahan, and four passengers who had paid for the trip: businessmen Dylan Taylor and Evan Dick, and a father and son. as a child, Lane and Cameron Bess, 23.

The crew gets on board.

Billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos follows the crew before they board Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.

Photo: Reuters / BLUE ORIGIN

The rocket takes off vertically and at about 75 km altitude the capsule separates from the launcher, continuing its trajectory until it reaches an altitude of 100 km – the Karman Line, which marks the start of the space according to the international convention.

Passengers can detach from their seats, float for a few moments in zero gravity, and admire the curvature of the Earth through very large portholes.

The launcher automatically returns to land on a runway, while the capsule begins a free fall to return to Earth, before being braked by parachutes, then retro rockets.

The capsule is slowed down by parachutes.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew capsule about to land in the desert in Texas.

Photo: Getty Images / Mario Tama

Upon their arrival on Earth, in the Texan desert, Laura Shepard Churchley and Michael Strahan rejoiced to be the pioneers an industry in full development under the leadership of Jeff Bezos and his competitor Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic.

The two billionaires were present on board the inaugural flights of their respective vehicles, last July. Virgin Galactic, July 11, preceded Blue Origin by a few days, July 20.

Tribute to astronaut Alan Shepard

Saturday’s flight was intended as yet another tribute to Alan Shepard, who on May 5, 1961, performed a 15-minute space flight, 23 days after the historic flight of Soviet Yuri Gagarin, who was the first human in the world. space.

Alan Shepard is also the fifth of twelve men to have set foot on lunar soil to date. He died in 1998.

Blue Origin has warned that it has already planned several flights to space in 2022, on which seats will be paid.

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