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Money Jeff Bezos is preparing to fly in turn in the space aboard the New Shepard

15:10  20 july  2021
15:10  20 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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  Jeff Bezos Blue Origin Launch Sparks Wave of Memes, Jokes: 'Same day Delivery' The world's richest man is set to blast off into space on Tuesday on his rocket ship, New Shepard, for an 11-minute journey.The Amazon CEO, who is the world's richest man, is set to embark on a suborbital flight with a crew which includes his brother Mark Bezos, 18-year-old student Oliver Daemen, and 82-year-old Wally Funk, an aviation pioneer who was set to join an all-woman space mission dubbed "Mercury 13" in 1961 before the program was scrapped.

Space-Exploration-Blueorigin: Jeff Bezos is preparing to fly in turn in the space aboard the New Shepard

JEFF BEZOS S'APPRÊTE À VOLER À SON TOUR DANS L'ESPACE À BORD DU NEW SHEPARD © Reuters / Reuters Photographer Jeff Bezos prepares to fly in turn in the space aboard the New Shepard

by Eric M. Johnson

Van Horn, Texas (Reuters) - The founder of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, s 'Will fly on Tuesday in the space on board the New Shepard rocket, assembled by its company Blue Origin, a new stage in the race of billionaires to space tourism.

The American magnat must take off from a western Texas desert for a journey of 11 minutes to the confines of space with his brother Mark, a former 82-year-old pilot, Wally Funk, and A Dutch 18, Oliver Daamen. The latter will become the oldest and youngest astronauts of history respectively.

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"I am excited, but not anxious. We will see how I will feel when I will be attached to my seat," Bezos said in an interview with Fox Business Network on Monday. "We are ready. The vehicle is ready. This team is great. I feel very good about it. And I think my crew companions feel good about it, too."

In early July, the British businessman Richard Branson passed his first flight in the space aboard his Virgin Galactic rocket plane.

Richard Branson reached the altitude of 86 km, while his American rival plans to exceed 100 km.

Except unforeseen delay, New Shepard should take off at 15:00 (13:00 GMT) of the Blue Origin launch base, 32 km from the rural city of Van Horn, Texas.

The Director General of Spacex, Elon Musk, provides for his orbit in September his first entirely civil crew aboard his Crew Dragon capsule, after having already completed many launches towards the International Space Station for NASA .

(Report Eric Mr. Johnson in Van Horn; French version Anait Miridzhanian, edited by Sophie Louet)

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