Jeff Bezos And Blue Origin Travel Deeper into Space Than Richard Branson

The founder of Amazon, who stepped down as CEO last month, took off early Tuesday with three crewmates on the official visit of Blue Origin’s New Shepard launch vehicle. The launch is a significant milestone for Bezos, but it serves largely as a marketing tool for Blue Origin’s space tourism mission. Interested viewers should contact the business about securing a place on a future Blue Origin flight, according to the company’s webcast. In 2021, two more flights are planned. The launch date of July 20 is notable since it is the same day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, onboard Apollo 11’s Eagle, were the first humans to land on the moon in 1969.

​Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, is now the odd man out in the billionaire space race, with Bezos’ trip completed. Even yet, whether compared to Virgin Galactic or Blue Origin, Musk’s SpaceX, which has carried humans to the International Space Station, is a heavyweight in the commercial space sector. Branson and Bezos are trying to cash in on the potentially lucrative space tourism business, but Musk is more concerned with collaborating with NASA, gaining market dominance in the satellite launch industry, and realizing his ambition of sending humans to Mars.

-Inaz Budhwani

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