Jeff Bezos Thanks Amazon Customers for Paying for His Flight to Space [VIDEO]

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made history as the second billionaire in over a week to fly to space and back, with his company Blue Origin.

Alongside Bezos was his brother Mark, 18-year old Oliver Daemen and 82-year old Wally Funk, with the latter two representing the youngest and oldest to visit space. An anonymous winner of the flight trip that paid $28 million USD did not make the trip due to “scheduling conflicts”, and the latter’s spot was replaced with Daemen earlier last week.

The flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket took off early on Tuesday morning from Launch Site One in West Texas. The capsule containing the four astronauts was fully automated, compared to the piloted space flight from Richard Branson earlier this month, who beat Bezos to space.

Blue Origin reached 106 kilometres altitude, which was 16 kilometres higher than Branson’s flight. The company earlier this month pointed out this was a ‘true’ flight to space, taking jabs at Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

You can see clips of Bezos floating in space, offering Skittles candy and more. At the post-launch conference, Bezos thanks Amazon customers and staff for paying for his flight to space.

Video of the launch:

New Shepard landing on its own:

Capsule landing in the desert:

Check out the full replay below of the launch and landing below:

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A replay of the post-launch press conference:

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The flight lasted just over 10 minutes and after landing back to earth, Bezos said it was the “best day ever!”.

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