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Jeff Bezos Celebrates ‘Road to Space,’ Looks Ahead to Orbital Flights

  • Billionaire, three others land safely after West Texas launch
  • Mission was first crewed flight for Amazon founder’s company
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Bezos, Blue Origin Crew Lift Off in Flight to SpaceSource: Bloomberg)
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Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and three other passengers pulled off Blue Origin’s first crewed flight to space, a key milestone in the company’s push to make space tourism viable.

Blue Origin’s capsule touched down safely in West Texas at about 8:22 a.m. Tuesday after a 10-minute flight in which it reached an altitude of more than 65 miles (105 kilometers) above ground level. Bezos emerged wearing a cowboy hat and accompanied by his fellow passengers: Mark Bezos, his brother; Wally Funk, 82, a former astronaut trainee; and Oliver Daemen, the 18-year-old son of a Dutch financier.