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Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, goes to space today

All preparations have been completed for Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, for space travel. The richest man in the world is now ready for a journey in space today.

Billionaire Jeff Bezos will go into space today on the rocket of space startup Blue Origin. Bezos will be accompanied by 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old Olivier Deamon, as well as his brother, on the journey, which is the first “all civilian crew and pilotless space flight” in history. However, Bezos will be the second billionaire to go into space, after Richard Branson.

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Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world with a fortune of $201 billion, is going to space today. “I’m not worried, I’m excited,” the Amazon founder said in an interview with the FOX Business channel.

Bezos will be accompanied by his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen on the 11-minute space journey.

In addition to being the first all civilian flight without a pilot, the test also includes the crew, the youngest and oldest people in space.

The flight will be an important test for space tourism. Bezos and his crew underwent accelerated pre-flight training.

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The Blue Origin rocket will launch from Texas today. Richard Branson, owner of Bezos’ rival Virgin Galactic, made a successful suborbital flight 9 days ago.

On the other hand, the billionaires’ space race is the target of criticism due to its effects on nature. Each rocket launch causes about 300 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos will be launched into space today

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According to the planning, the capsule, which carries four crews, will leave the rocket at an altitude of 76 kilometers.

As the rocket returns to the launch platform, the capsule will continue its journey to an altitude of 106 kilometers.

If all goes well, Jeff Bezos has the following prediction for the future:

“We will be in zero gravity for 4 minutes. We will unbuckle our belts and fly and gaze into Earth’s thin atmosphere.

“Astronauts who get to this point say they understand how fragile Earth is in the face of this landscape.”

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Funk, 82, said he is looking forward to somersaults in a zero gravity environment.

After reaching the target altitude, the capsule will return to the ground and make a slow descent into the desert with a parachute.

This launch is also recorded as the last of the developments called the billionaires’ space race.

British billionaire businessman Sir Richard Branson made a similar flight with the Virgin Galactic spaceplane 9 days ago.

On flights that Virgin Galactic will carry tourists to the brink of space, 250 thousand dollars will be paid per seat.

The cost of the trip with Bezos’ New Shepard has not been announced yet.

With a personal fortune of $200 billion, 57-year-old Bezos is the richest person in the world.

He stepped down as CEO of Amazon last year to devote more time to the Blue Origin company.