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In Pics | Jeff Bezos' trip to space and back on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket

Jeff Bezos was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

July 21, 2021 / 11:13 AM IST
The passengers of the Blue Origin enter the capsule near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The rocket is scheduled to launch later this morning will carry passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk. (Blue Origin via AP)
Jeff Bezos blasted into space on July 20 on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space. The passengers of the Blue Origin enter the capsule near Van Horn, Texas. (Blue Origin via AP)
This photo provided by Blue Origin, Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket lifts off from a spaceport launch pad near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The rocket is carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, his brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk. (Blue Origin via AP)
Named after America’s first astronaut, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket soared on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a date chosen by Bezos for its historical significance. He held fast to it, even as Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson pushed up his own flight from New Mexico and beat him to space by nine days. Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket lifts off from a spaceport launch pad near Van Horn, Texas. (Blue Origin via AP)
Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket launches carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
During the flight, Blue Origin's capsule reached an altitude of about 66 miles (106 kilometers), more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) higher than Branson’s July 11 ride. The 60-foot (18-meter) booster accelerated to Mach 3 or three times the speed of sound to get the capsule high enough, before separating and landing upright. Unlike Branson’s piloted rocket plane, Bezos’ capsule was completely automated and required no official staff on board for the up-and-down flight. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
A contrail left behind by Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP)
A contrail left behind by Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP)
This photo provided by Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, exits the Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule after it parachuted safely down to the launch area with passengers Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. Bezos said afterwards that like those who had gone before him, he was "amazed and awestruck by the Earth and its beauty, but also its fragility." "It's one thing to recognize that intellectually -- it's another thing to actually see with your own eyes," he added. (Blue Origin via AP)
This photo provided by Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, exits the Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule after it parachuted safely down to the launch area with passengers Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. Bezos said afterwards that like those who had gone before him, he was "amazed and awestruck by the Earth and its beauty, but also its fragility." "It's one thing to recognize that intellectually -- it's another thing to actually see with your own eyes," he added. (Blue Origin via AP)
Oliver Daemen, from left, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, Wally Funk and Bezos' brother Mark pose for photos in front of the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, derby, after their launch from the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Oliver Daemen, from left, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, Wally Funk and Bezos' brother Mark pose for photos in front of the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, derby, after their launch from the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Mark Bezos, left, and Jeff Bezos, right, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, watch a video playback of their flight experience from the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Mark Bezos, left, and Jeff Bezos, right, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, watch a video playback of their flight experience from the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Oliver Daemen, from left, Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, and Wally Funk, right, watch a video replay of their flight experience aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Oliver Daemen, from left, Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, and Wally Funk, right, watch a video replay of their flight experience aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Oliver Daemen, from left, Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, and Wally Funk, right, watch a video replay of their flight experience aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Oliver Daemen, from left, Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, and Wally Funk, right, watch a video replay of their flight experience aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Oliver Daemen, from left, Mark Bezos and Wally Funk, look on as Jeff Bezos, second from right, is awarded his Blue Origin made astronaut wings by former NASA astronaut, Jeff Ashby, right, who is now based with Blue Origin, during a New Shepard post launch briefing at the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Oliver Daemen, from left, Mark Bezos and Wally Funk, look on as Jeff Bezos, second from right, is awarded his Blue Origin made astronaut wings by former NASA astronaut, Jeff Ashby, right, who is now based with Blue Origin, during a New Shepard post launch briefing at the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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first published: Jul 21, 2021 11:12 am

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