Imagine you have Unlimited money.just one Unstoppable dollar-Ability Buy anything And destroy everything.You use it to End world hunger? you Take practical and meaningful steps To reduce Climate crisis? Haha no.you Go to space!Or at least if you are Jeff Bezos. Or Virgin CEO Richard Branson.
On Tuesday, Bezos’ Blue Origin will launch a team that includes the former Amazon CEO, his Slightly less high profile Brother, pioneer 80-something pilot, And a young Dutch Physics Student Until the outer edge of the planet. (WIRED’s own Steven Levy will report live at the launch site, so please pay attention His flyer.)
If you want to see, here are the details:
- The announcement will be broadcast on Blue Origin’s website. This is the link.
- Broadcast started at July 20, 7:30 a.m. Eastern TimeThe actual release target is 9:00 am Eastern Time, but a delay is expected. (As with all lift-offs, time depends on the weather, Random animal, Or any amount of technical confusion.Launch rocket is dangerous, Things may go wrong. )
The flight itself takes approximately 11 minutes.And while there Are there risks involved in mixing humans and space flight?, Experts expect things to go well.
This event has enough historical significance. Only a few manned commercial space launches, this is the first time for Blue Origin. (If you keep the score, Virgin Atlantic has completed another manned flight. Musk’s SpaceX has been sending people into space it’s been a while, Although there are no civilians. ) Thanks for the last minute Booking changes, This launch now has the distinction of carrying the youngest and oldest people ever into space.This is especially neat for the 82-year-old passenger and former pilot Wally Funk, who had previously been refused her invitation Lifelong dream Travel to space.
Obviously, this release is also a big event for Bezos. Billionaires have locked themselves in a brotherly cold war, and everyone aspires to be the first person in charge of a space tourism brand, so as to make history and put themselves in the heat. Branson won last week, The mission of rhetoric On his Virgin Galactic space shuttle. Bezos will fight for second place, even though Blue Origin has Eagerly pointed out The boundary that constitutes the space is A bit controversial. The parabolic voyage of the Bezos Gang will take them over Carmen Line— Or 62 miles, the whole number of the U.S. Department of Defense marking the space boundary (the Federal Aviation Administration uses the more relaxed 50 miles, which is where Branson flew last week) — and keep them there long enough to Tickle the abyss.There may be enough time to ensure price tag The future of travel is attractive to those with dough.
Of course, these high-altitude ambitions have been criticized by critics who point out all the money of space billionaires Avoid paying In terms of taxation may be For funding Public resources such as NASA. (You know, this agency has sent humans into space for 60 years.) Or that Bezos has been overseeing a the company there is Serious impact Earth’s environment and controversial history Workers’ Rights AdvocateThis effort has lost some of the glamour of the egalitarian “great leap of mankind” because its center is a man whose employees had to Pee in the bottle On the clock.
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