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Jeff Bezos spacefight: New Shepard’s first astronaut crew returns home safely

Jul 20, 2021, Updated Jul 20, 2021, 7:49 PM IST

Blue Origin says: "This first astronaut crew wrote themselves into the history books of space, opening the door through which many after will pass"

Jeff Bezos (centre) with brother Mark (left), 18-year-old Oliver Daeman and 82-year-old Wally Funk. (Photo: Blue Origin) Jeff Bezos (centre) with brother Mark (left), 18-year-old Oliver Daeman and 82-year-old Wally Funk. (Photo: Blue Origin)

Just nine days after billionaire Richard Branson flew to space aboard his VSS Unity, the world's richest man and former Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has flown 100 km above the surface of the earth in the New Shepard spaceship from a desert site in West Texas on Tuesday.

The Blue Origin spacecraft crew include Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old former pilot Wally Funk and 18-year-old teenager Oliver Daeman. They flew beyond the Karman Line and experience the never-before-seen view of the planet earth from space.

The total flight duration was 11 minutes. All crew members had been undergoing extensive training for the past several days and there were no trained astronauts navigating them on their journey to spacecraft.

You can watch the live broadcast of the Blue Origin spaceflight on BusinessToday.In live blog as bring you all the live updates.

6:58 PM (1 week ago)

Historic moment in spaceflight history

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Blue Origin: "Congratulations to all of Team Blue past and present on reaching this historic moment in spaceflight history. This first astronaut crew wrote themselves into the history books of space, opening the door through which many after will pass."

6:56 PM (1 week ago)

Blue Origin celebrates return from space

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Blue Origin's recovery team is headed out to meet Jeff, Mark, Wally, and Oliver for a celebration marking their return from space.

6:53 PM (1 week ago)

Three chutes!

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The capsule is now descending with the crew at a comfortable 16 mph / 26 km/h on their way to touchdown in the West Texas desert.

6:51 PM (1 week ago)

Booster touchdown!

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Third successful landing for this rocket and the first to carry four private citizens to space above the Kármán Line.

6:48 PM (1 week ago)

Life-changing views of Earth

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The capsule has just reached apogee. The crew is now experiencing life-changing views of Earth from above the Karman Line.

6:48 PM (1 week ago)

Astronauts unbuckling harnesses

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Mission Control has confirmed separation of the capsule from the booster. Jeff, Mark, Wally and Oliver are now unbuckling their harnesses and experiencing weightlessness.

6:45 PM (1 week ago)

Liftoff!

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New Shepard has cleared the tower with Jeff, Mark, Wally, and Oliver on board

6:45 PM (1 week ago)

T-2 minutes and counting

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T-1 minute and counting. Thousands of people over the years have helped #NewShepard reach this historic moment in human spaceflight history. Godspeed to New Shepard’s first crew! Watch live on http://BlueOrigin.com

6:36 PM (1 week ago)

All you need to know about Blue Origin's historic voyage

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The duration of the entire flight would be nearly 11 minutes. Blue Origin's New Shepard will take the passengers up to the Karman line, which is at a height of 100 km from the surface of the earth. During the flight, the passengers will experience several minutes of weightlessness.

Also read: Jeff Bezos' flight to space: All you need to know about Blue Origin's historic voyage

6:33 PM (1 week ago)

New Shepard is go for launch

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The go poll is complete. New Shepard is go for launch. Watch live on BlueOrigin.com.

 

6:24 PM (1 week ago)

Scenes from #NSFirstHumanFlight astronaut load

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6:13 PM (1 week ago)

Blue Origin crew getting into their seats

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Jeff, Mark, Wally and Oliver are now getting into their seats, buckling up, and preparing for hatch close in advance of New Shepard’s flight to space and back.

6:01 PM (1 week ago)

Astronauts climb the tower

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Astronauts have climbed the tower and are preparing to ingress the New Shepard crew capsule, RSS First Step, says Blue Origin.

6:01 PM (1 week ago)

Crew members out to the launch pad

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"We are go for New Shepard astronaut load. Crew Member 7 is now taking Jeff, Mark, Wally, and Oliver out to the launch pad. Watch live on BlueOrigin.com," says Blue Origin.

5:59 PM (1 week ago)

Live broadcast begins

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#NSFirstHumanFlight live broadcast hosted by Ariane Cornell starts now on BlueOrigin.com.

5:56 PM (1 week ago)

Meet the New Shepard

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Named after Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to go to space, New Shepard is its reusable suborbital rocket system designed to take astronauts and research payloads past the Karman line – the internationally recognised boundary of space.

5:53 PM (1 week ago)

Safety, Blue Origin's top mission

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Blue Origin has been flight testing the New Shepard rocket and its redundant safety systems since 2012. The program has had 15 successful consecutive missions including three successful escape tests, showing the crew escape system can activate safely in any phase of flight.

5:45 PM (1 week ago)

Meticulous & rigorous launch programme

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Blue Origin's first human flight on Tuesday will be the 16th flight in New Shepard’s history.

 

5:43 PM (1 week ago)

Safety top priority

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"Safety is and will always be our top priority," says Blue Origin Senior Manager Laura Stiles.

 

5:40 PM (1 week ago)

New Shepard on the pad

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New Shepard is on the pad. The launch team completed vehicle rollout this morning and final preparations are underway. Liftoff is targeted for 8:00 am CDT/13:00 UTC.