Bet won for Jeff Bezos! Its New Shepard rocket made its maiden flight to space with its first passengers on board. From the launch pad located in the Texas desert, the rocket took off at 3:10 p.m., a few minutes behind the schedule scheduled for July 20. With his board, Jeff Bezos himself, his brother Mark but also two other passengers, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old former pilot, and Olivier Daemen, an 18-year-old Dutch boy who became the youngest astronaut at the end of this flight. .
The flight then proceeded as planned. The New Shepard rocket soared into the sky to reach a maximum speed of nearly 3,600 km / hour. It approached the virtual Karman line, located 100 km above sea level and internationally recognized as the border between Earth and Space. The capsule carrying the passengers then detached and continued its ascent to an altitude of 105 km. The four passengers were then able to detach themselves and discover the joys of the absence of gravity by floating for 3 to 4 minutes inside the cabin and admiring the vastness of the space from giant portholes. The “wows” of the space tourists then erupted, the sound on board being broadcast at times and live on the Blue Origin website.
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