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Lauren Sanchez, Jeff Bezos’ family, and a former NFL player were among the crowd that welcomed the flight crew back to Earth — see who else was there

  • A swarm of well-wishers showed up for hugs and champagne after Jeff Bezos’ spacecraft landed.
  • The group included his parents, Mike and Jackie, and his son, Preston.
  • Bezos’ girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, and former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez, were there too.
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On Tuesday morning, Jeff Bezos and his fellow passengers floated down to the West Texas desert after a successful flight to the edge of space.

The voyage, which took mere minutes, was the first human spaceflight for Blue Origin, the space exploration company Bezos founded in 2000. After the capsule touched down shortly after 9 am, Blue Origin employees rushed to ensure all passengers were safe and ground the spacecraft , which carried a static charge from its trip skyward. Then, they released the door, allowing Bezos, his brother, Mark, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, and 82-year-old Wally Funk to disembark.

They were quickly swarmed by family members, friends, and Blue Origin employees — unsurprisingly, hugs and champagne showers ensued.

Here’s who we spotted among the crowd of well-wishers.

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