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Jeff Bezos will fly into space today

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will take to space today on the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket made by his space company, Blue Origin.

Bezos – who recently stepped down as CEO of Amazon – will be one of six people on board.

The company’s six-seat capsule and 59-foot rocket will head to the edge of space on an 11-minute flight that will reach more than 60 miles above Earth.

Blue Origin has spent most of the past decade operating the New Shepard rocket through a series of successful test flights that have been fully automated and, so far, have not carried any humans.

A little background: If all goes according to plan, Bezos – the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 187 billion – will be the second of the billionaire space moguls to experience a ride aboard the tech rocket that he has invested millions in development. Richard Branson flew into space earlier this month aboard a supersonic space plane developed by his company, Virgin Galactic.


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