Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world and founder of Amazon, landed safely on Earth with his crew following a successful launch by his private spaceflight company Blue Origin.
The billionaire fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a 52-year-old astronaut to the day his dream was sparked by watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon, Mr. Bezos himself flew into space from a launch site in West Texas.
He was joined in the mission by his younger brother Mark and the two people who have become the youngest and oldest to travel in space – Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old Dutchman, and Wally Funk, a pioneer of space travel. 82-year-old aerospace company.
At the peak of their trip, the astronauts had the opportunity to admire extraordinary views of Earth and rise from their seats and float in the cabin for approximately four minutes.
The four became the first to take off aboard the New Shepard rocket built by the contractor’s private spaceflight company Blue Origin.
“I know this will change me and I’m excited to know how,” Mr. Bezos told CNN in a pre-flight interview.
Ms Funk said she felt like she was 24 before the launch: “It’s great, I love being here.”
Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen, Blue Origin’s first paying passenger, is replacing an anonymous person who had previously offered $ 28million (£ 20.6million) for a seat on the flight.
Blue Origin said the mysterious bidder knew the flight was scheduled for July 20 before placing his bid, but subsequently postponed his seat “due to scheduling conflicts.”