Blue Origin attempts its first manned flight

DECRYPTION – Its founder and former Amazon boss, Jeff Bezos, will be on the trip, along with his brother and two other passengers.

After the boss of Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, on July 11, it is another billionaire who will try Tuesday to realize his childhood dream by boarding his own spaceship. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is to be seated in the capsule atop the reusable New Shepard rocket, designed by his company Blue Origin and named in honor of Alan Shepard, the first American to go into space. in 1961. Like this pioneer, the passengers of the capsule will make a simple return trip in space, almost vertically, enjoying for a few minutes the joys of weightlessness while contemplating the spectacle of the Earth seen from there. ‘space.

To accompany him on this inaugural flight, Jeff Bezos will be accompanied by his brother, Mark Bezos, and two other passengers. First, a distinguished guest: the American aviator Wally Funk was selected in 1961 by NASA as part of the Mercury 13 program, which was to send

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