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  • The trip is the culmination of a 20-year journey for Bezos with his company, Blue Origin.

Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic crew historically rushed to the edge of space last week. Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin team say they’re going to cross it today.

The richest man in the world and his crew aboard the New Shepard spacecraft are ready for takeoff Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET from outside the small town of Van Horn, West Texas, bound for space and glory, returning to Earth approximately 11 minutes later.

“We practiced full missions in the New Shepard training simulator,” Bezos said in an Instagram post on Monday that included a video of Bezos in the capsule. “I can’t wait for take off.”

This is the 16th flight to New Shepard but the first to include people. Bezos and Blue Origin somewhat scorned Branson’s flight nine days ago, saying Virgin Galactic’s maximum altitude of 53.5 miles had not reached true space.

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