“You Paid For It All,” Jeff Bezos Thanks Amazon Employees And Customers After Returning From Space
Jeff Bezos made the story Tuesday when he successfully traveled to the edge of space and returned to the spaceship developed by his company, Blue Origin. More than two decades after the creation of the space company by Bezos, he was accompanied by a crew of three other people in the New Shepard spacecraft on his first trip to space. After the flight, which lasted about 10 minutes, the capsule landed in West Texas at approximately 8:22 a.m. local time. The spacecraft traveled the Karman Line – considered the edge of space – at an altitude of 100 kilometers above Earth.
At the end of the trip, Bezos simply said, “The best day of my life! He then added: “My expectations were high and they were significantly exceeded.”
The billionaire was accompanied on the flight by his 53-year-old brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old former pilot Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen. The crew had the distinction of having the richest, oldest and youngest people in the world to have visited space.
After reaching weightlessness, the crew were seen floating in the capsule, celebrating the experience. Amazed at what she witnessed, Funk said, “Oh my word, look at the world!” presumably looking out the window at the Earth below. But it was Bezos who had viewers divided when he was heard asking the team, “Who wants a bowling pin?”
Blue Origin video of the interior of the New Shepard capsule in space:
Jeff Bezos: “Who wants a Skittle? pic.twitter.com/SUO6sAYZAE
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In his first landing interview, Bezos said, “I’m not talented enough to describe this in words,” adding that it was “beyond” what he dreamed Earth would look like. At a loss for words to describe the spectacle he had witnessed, Bezos said, “Maybe we need to send a poet or something. Someone who would be better at describing it.
We can protect the Earth by investing and building a road to the development of space, Jeff Bezos told BloombergTV @EmilyChangTV.
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Speaking after the theft, Bezos said he wanted to thank the employees and customers of Amazon, the company he founded. The former Amazon CEO said, “I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you paid for it all. So, to all Amazon customers and all Amazon employees, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. “
“I also want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer for paying for all of this.” pic.twitter.com/uM99zMaWYt
– Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) July 20, 2021
When asked to summarize the experience, Bezos exclaimed, “Oh my god!” He also added that the experience in zero gravity was “normal … so serene and peaceful … a very pleasant experience”. He said that the deepest part of the experience was to observe Earth and that the “fragility” of the planet surprised him.
“Oh my God!”
Jeff Bezos reacts with joy after his brief trip to space and describes the feeling of weightlessness as “so serene and peaceful … a very pleasant experience”
– BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 20, 2021
When asked why he is investing so much money in space, Bezos said: “What we are doing is building a road to space so that future generations can build a future.” The objective was to “slowly move, over decades, all heavy industries and polluting industries in space to keep the planet the jewel that it is”.