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Jeff Bezos rockets to the edge of space on Blue Origin's first crewed flight


Jeff Bezos finally has his astronaut wings. Under the picturesque dawn sky of the West Texas desert, the 57-year-old ex-Amazon CEO and founder of space tourism company Blue Origin, rocketed into space for a brief moment, calling it, "the first step of something big."

And it all happened 52 years to the day since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin pressed their boot prints into the moon. 

Atop the Blue Origin rocket, locked inside a gumdrop-shaped capsule, Bezos, his brother Mark, aeronautics legend Wally Funk and 18-year-old customer Oliver Daemen headed off toward the invisible, arbitrary boundary separating Earth and space as part of mission NS-16. Approximately three minutes after liftoff, the crew experienced weightlessness for the first time and touched the edge of space. Hoots and hollers erupted from the cabin, and staticky calls of "that's awesome" permeated the live broadcast. 

In that fleeting moment, they joined an exclusive ...


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