Amazon cofounder Jeff Bezos, next to a rocket created by his space company Blue Origin.

Billionaire Amazon cofounder Jeff Bezos thanked Amazon’s customers for funding his space trip.
“I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because you guys paid for all of this,” Bezos said.
Critics have said that, rather than flying to space, Bezos should invest his billions on Earth.

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After a brief trip to space on Tuesday morning, billionaire Amazon cofounder and former CEO Jeff Bezos thanked Amazon customers and employees for making the trip possible.

“I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because you guys paid for all of this,” Bezos said during a post-flight press conference. “Seriously, for every Amazon customer out there, and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart very much. It’s very appreciated.”

Bezos – alongside his brother Mark, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, and 82-year-old Wally Funk – took a New Shepard rocket created by Bezos’ space company Blue Origin into sub-orbital space on Tuesday morning.

The crew enjoyed a three minute period of weightlessness before descending back to Earth.

A live broadcast of the event captured the capsule’s descent and the crew’s excited reactions after having reached the edge of space and returning safely:

Bezos Blue Origin Launch July 2021

Bezos is the second billionaire to reach space in recent days, with Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson spending over $840 million on a similar trip earlier this month.

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Critics have repeatedly lambasted both Branson and Bezos’ space trips, and pointed out that money used on building rockets could be used to combat the ongoing climate crisis or any number of other problems facing humanity.

Both billionaires have pushed back on that criticism by saying they’re creating opportunities for new markets by creating a path to space travel. “I say they are largely right,” Bezos said in an interview with CNN this week. “We have to do both. We have lots of problems here on Earth and we have to work on those.”

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