March 21, 2023

Wally Funk(L) and Oliver Daemen(C), Jeff Bezos(R) and Mark Bezos.


Blue Origin’s maiden crewed flight on Tuesday concerned 4 individuals who crossed the Karman line, which separates Earth’s ambiance from house, for the very first time.

Here is a quick take a look at the quartet of astronauts.

– The tycoon, Jeff Bezos –

Jeff Bezos, 57, left behind the planet the place he made his huge fortune for a couple of minutes on a spaceship constructed by the corporate he based in 2000, when he was nonetheless merely a single-digit billionaire.

Six years earlier than that, he began a small on-line bookstore known as out of his storage. Bezos’ web price is right now estimated at greater than $200 billion.

– The brother, Mark Bezos –

Jeff Bezos invited alongside his brother Mark, a financier who directs the Bezos Family Foundation and works as a volunteer firefighter.

The pair are greatest pals, and Jeff shared the second he shocked his sibling, six years his junior, by asking him to hitch the mission in a video that went viral on Instagram final month.

– Trailblazer Wally Funk –

At 82, barrier-breaking girl aviator Wally Funk grew to become the oldest ever astronaut, fulfilling a lifelong dream that was thwarted by the sexism of the early house period.

Funk, who took her first flying lesson aged 9, excelled within the Mercury 13 undertaking which was meant to coach ladies for house utilizing the identical requirements as male astronauts, however this system was ultimately nixed.

She nonetheless had an achieved profession in aviation, changing into the primary feminine air security investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, and serving as chief pilot in a number of flight colleges.

– Dutch teen Oliver Daemen –

Oliver Daemen, 18, grew to become the youngest astronaut. He holds a non-public pilot’s license and is an area fanatic who will research physics in college this fall.

The Dutch teen flied instead of the nonetheless nameless winner of a $28 million public public sale, who requested to cross this time due to “scheduling conflicts,” and can go on a later journey.

Daemen’s ticket was paid for by his father, the CEO of a non-public fairness agency, CNBC reported.

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