Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the latest billionaire to travel to space.
- Bezos was not alone in his journey. He was joined by his brother Mark Bezos, pilot Wally Funk and a high school graduate, Oliver Daemen.
On Tuesday morning, Bezos and his team traveled to the edge of space before dropping down to Earth in a simple voyage that took less than 30 minutes.
- The flight launched at about 7:15 a.m. MDT before blasting off.
- The journey ventured for 62 miles above Earth in just a few minutes, according to NPR.
- The flight reached a peak altitude of 282,000 feet, which is higher than the Earth-Space boundary, NPR reports.
Bezos flew aboard the New Shepard ship, which uses a capsule and rocket system that were developed by Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin, according to CNN.
Bezos’ journey followed in the footsteps of billionaire Richard Branson, who flew to space earlier in July. Branson flew to the edge of space before coming back down to planet Earth, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
The Blue Origin flight, however, happened in the anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s anniversary of landing on the moon, July 20, 1969.