Jeff Bezos thanked Amazon employees and customers who made his spaceflight with his company Blue Origin possible Tuesday. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during his news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Bezos announced the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
Bezos thanks Amazon employees and customers for making spaceflight possible
Kaelan Deese July 20, 01:53 PM July 20, 01:56 PM
Bezos, the founder of the retail giant Amazon, completed his first suborbital spaceflight Tuesday aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, soaring to peak altitudes of 351,210 feet. The billionaire announced his departure as Amazon’s CEO in February to take on an executive chairman role.
“I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because you guys paid for all of this,” Bezos said in a press conference after landing back on Earth.
“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 added.
Bezos, who founded Amazon in 1994, has a net worth estimated at $205 billion.
Some criticized the rocket launch, such as former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii Democrat, who told Bezos to “stay up there” and “do the world a favor” during his spaceflight.
In response to other critics who have claimed billionaires should invest more in taking care of Earth’s needs before venturing out to space, Bezos said the detractors are “largely right,” but added that “we have to do both.”
New Shepard’s rocket booster descended back to Earth’s surface just after 9:20 a.m., with the trip lasting just under the 11 minutes that it was estimated to take.
Joining the billionaire businessman on the ride was his brother Mark Bezos, 53, aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, 82, and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen, 18. The crew was greeted by friends and family after the hatch doors to the capsule opened.
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