By: Teddy Grant
The world’s richest person and founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, had the “best day ever,” having flown to the edge of space on Tuesday aboard his Blue Origin rocket.
Bezos was joined by his brother Mark Bezos and Wally Funk, an 82-year-old who’s now the oldest person to be in space, and student Oliver Daemen, who at 18 is the youngest person to go into space.
The four made history by being part of the first unpiloted suborbital flight with an all-civilian crew, NBC News reported.
The billionaire blasted off in Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket from a private launch site near Van Horn, Texas, at around 9: 11 a.m. EST.
According to NBC, the capsule that held Bezos and others separated from the rocket at 250,000 feet, where they experienced three minutes of weightlessness. Bezos was heard saying that today was the “best day ever” shortly after the capsule landed.
Bezos, 57, wasn’t the first billionaire in space. Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, beat Bezos to space by nine days, having launched his ship on July 11. However, New Shepard reached an altitude of 66 miles, which was more than ten miles higher than Branson, according to the Associated Press.
The flight was particularly special for Funk, who went through tests as part of the Women in Space Program in the 1960s but never made it into space because the program was canceled, BBC reported.
“I can’t tell people watching how fabulous I feel to have been picked by Blue Origin to go on this trip,” she said in a video before the rocket launch.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, space is reached at 50 miles, qualifying Branson, Bezos and the other passengers to get their commercial astronaut wings, according to NBC News.