March 21, 2023

Jeff Bezos after Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard craft capsule returned from house


Jeff Bezos stated the “most profound” side of his temporary journey to house was the spectacular view he noticed of Earth, which left him amazed by its magnificence and fragility.

“Every astronaut who’s been up into space, they say that it changes them … they look at it and they’re kind of amazed and awestruck by the Earth and its beauty, but also by its fragility, and I can vouch for that,” he instructed reporters after Blue Origin’s first crewed flight.

He added that whereas the ambiance seemed to be “so big” from the floor, once you get above it “you see is it’s actually incredibly thin, it’s this tiny little fragile thing, and as we move about the planet we’re damaging it.

“It’s one factor to acknowledge that intellectually, it is one other factor to truly see with your individual eyes.”

The company released footage of the newly minted astronauts performing somersaults in near zero gravity and throwing Skittles which Dutch teen Oliver Daemen caught in his mouth.

“We had a good time, it was fantastic,” added Wally Funk, who at 82 has become the oldest astronaut. “I need to go once more — quick!” she added.

The crew took a number of mementos with them for the 10-minute trip, including a piece of fabric from the Wright brothers’ first plane, a bronze medallion made from the first hot air balloon flight in 1783, and a pair of goggles that belonged to Amelia Earhart.

Bezos praised the work of his engineering team and said the design architecture of the New Shepard rocket would eventually be used as the second stage of the much larger New Glenn rocket.

Asked if he would go again, he said: “Hell sure, how briskly can we refuel that factor? Let’s go.”

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