By Ailan Evans
Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and three other passengers successfully launched into space Tuesday aboard the billionaire’s Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft.
The spacecraft lifted off at 9:12 a.m. ET carrying Bezos, his brother Mark, 18-year-old Joshua Daemen, and 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk. The crew was outside of the Earth’s atmosphere for several minutes before descending.
The flight was 11 minutes in total, and reached the Karman line, a 62-mile-high boundary separating the Earth’s atmosphere from the stratosphere.
Bezos could be heard on the broadcast calling the flight “the best day ever.”
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The launch comes on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, in which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon.
Bezos owns aerospace company Blue Origin, which manufactured the New Shepard rocket used in the flight. The rocket had a detachable booster that piloted itself back to earth and a crew capsule that separated from the booster two-and-a-half minutes into the flight.
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