Tuesday, July 27

Human Spaceflight

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Jeff Bezos went to space to realize how fragile Earth is. A 10-minute flight may not be long enough to experience this’overview effect.’

Astronauts realize Earth is fragile when seeing it from space. This is called the "overview effect." Jeff Bezos endeavored to feel that sensation during his roughly 10-minute spaceflight on Tuesday. One expert isn't sure a short flight is enough to profoundly change the billionaire's perspective. LoadingSomething is loading. When NASA astronaut...
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Jeff Bezos’ guest describe a short, crowded spaceflight experience:’There was not quite enough room’

LoadingSomething is loading. Blue Origin rocketed its first passengers to the edge of space on Tuesday morning. Roughly 10 minutes later, the crew returned to the West Texas desert after spending just three minutes in zero gravity."I loved every minute of it," Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aviator, said in a ceremony after the flight. "I just wish it had been longer."The billionaire Jeff Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000, invited Funk an...
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Watch live as Jeff Bezos launches to the edge of space on Blue Origin’s first passenger flight

Jeff Bezos, the richest person on Earth, is about to fly to the edge of space.The billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue Origin is riding a New Shepard rocket up to the Kármán line — an imaginary boundary 62 miles (100 kilometers) above sea level, where many experts say space begins. There, he's expected to experience weightlessness and stunning views of Earth for about three minutes.Bezos won't be flying solo. His brother, Mark, is set to join him, along with an 18-year-old Dutch high school graduate named Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aviator who trained to go to space in the 1960s but was ultimately denied the opportunity because she was a woman.New Shepard has flown successfully 15 times, but never with peo...
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Jeff Bezos is risking his life to reach space. The rocket has flown 15 times, but he’ll have no pilot and possibly no spacesuit.

LoadingSomething is loading. Jeff Bezos is about to place his life in the hands of Blue Origin's rocket engineers.Bezos, who founded the company in 2000, will be the first passenger on its New Shepard rocket, along with his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Dutch student Oliver Daemen. The group is set to strap into a capsul...
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If Jeff Bezos’ rocket fails during launch, an emergency system should jettison him to safety

LoadingSomething is loading. When Jeff Bezos rockets into space on Tuesday, he'll be taking a huge risk. New Shepard has flown successfully 15 times since 2015, though never with people onboard. So although it's a relatively reliable launch system, rockets are always risky."It's about 10,000 times more dangerous than flying on a commercial airliner," George ...
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Elon Musk showed up in Richard Branson’s kitchen at 3 am to wish him luck flying to the edge of space

Elon Musk visited fellow space-baron billionaire Richard Branson at home on the morning of Branson's historic flight to the edge of the cosmos.The Virgin Group tycoon flew about 55 miles high — just skimming the edge of space — aboard a SpaceShipTwo rocket plane on Sunday morning. It was Virgin Galactic's first flight with a full crew, and it has positioned the company to fly its first paying tourists to the edge of space next year. ...
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Virgin Galactic just flew billionaire founder Richard Branson and 3 crewmates to the edge of space

LoadingSomething is loading. Virgin Galactic has launched, flown, and landed its first full crew, positioning the company to start commercial tourist flights in 2022.Billionaire Richard Branson, who founded Virgin Galactic in 2004, soared to the edge of space aboard the company's SpaceShipTwo space plane on Sunday morning. He served ...
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Watch live as Richard Branson flies to the edge of space aboard a Virgin Galactic rocket plane on Sunday

Virgin Galactic is about to rocket four people — including the company's founder, Richard Branson — to the edge of space.The company has flown people on its reusable, winged rocket plane, called SpaceShipTwo, three times since December 2018. But two of those flights involved only Virgin Galactic pilots. Only one of the flights carried a passenger.On Sunday, the SpaceShipTwo plane, called VSS Unity, is set to carry the company's first full crew more than 50 miles above the Earth.The vehicle requires two pilots and has room for six passengers. For this journey, the pilots will be Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci, and they'll carry Branson and his three crewmates: Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic's chief astronaut instructor; Colin Benne...
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Billionaire Richard Branson aims to fly to the edge of space as early as July 11, narrowly beating Jeff Bezos

After weeks of flying rumors, Richard Branson has finally confirmed that he's aiming to reach the edge of space before Jeff Bezos.The two billionaires both founded their own spaceflight companies — Bezos started Blue Origin in 2000 and Branson created Virgin Galactic in 2004 — with the ultimate dream of getting to space themselves. Their personal space race might end next weekend.That's because Virgin Galactic announced Thursday that it's planning to launch Branson aboard its next test flight, as early as July 11. Bezos won't be climbing aboard his company's New Shepard rocket until July 20."I've always been a dreamer. My mum taught me to never give up and to reach for the stars," Branson said on Twitter. "On July 11, it's ti...