and his brother Mark accomplished something only another American sibling couple did: the duo spent time together in space.
“Clearly, this is a moment of bonding for both of you. Did you two have a moment with the two of you up there? “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King asked the brothers after sheTuesday.
“We’ve had a few of those moments,” Jeff Bezos said. “We had about, I don’t know, 25 minutes on the ground, with the crew capsules sealed. So it’s just the four of us in there, and my brother and I, we picked seats so we could seeing each other from our seats… We had a great quality time there. ”
The billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue Origin and his younger brother heard a farewell message from their sister, Christina, which was read to them by Mission Control before the launch. “Now hurry up and come back here so I can give you a big hug. We love you and Godspeed,” her post said.
“I actually tore right there in the capsule,” Jeff Bezos said. “It was so heartfelt and, you know, she talked about some of the things we did when we were kids. It was a really sweet message.”
Bezos also wore a Blue Origin feathered necklace in space, which he then gifted his mother with a hug during a post-launch press conference.
Join the brothers on their journey – thespaceship – was , an 82-year-old woman who trained as an astronaut in the 1960s but was denied a place in space because she was female, and , an 18-year-old Dutch student who was the first paying customer. They both made history Tuesday as the oldest and youngest to ever fly into space.
The first American brothers to be in space together were twins, both NASA astronauts. The first is now a from Arizona.
Watch more of Gayle King’s interview with Jeff and Mark Bezos on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday.