Passengers of Blue Origin’s third tourist launch successfully land (VIDEO)

20:48, 11 December 2021
Passengers of Blue Origin’s third tourist launch successfully land (VIDEO) Photo: Unsplash

This Saturday’s flight carried out by Jeff Bezos’s company has become the first to take six people into space.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket successfully landed in Texas on Saturday after making its third tourist launch into space with six people on board. The ten-minute flight has been filmed and thousands of netizens have watched the live broadcast online.

The six passengers included four paying customers and two honorary guests - Good Morning America host and ex-American football player Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley - the daughter of famous American astronaut Alan Shepard who stepped on Moon and after whom the rocket is named.  

"I wanna go back. You got to get that perspective," excited Strahan said briefly after landing.

The customers who bought the tickets are investors Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, and Lane Bess with her son Cameron. It is the first flight when the capsule’s six seats are occupied as the previous ones took to space only four people each. 

The flight lasted for slightly over ten minutes as the rocket took off at 10:01 a.m. ET and went up more than 62 miles (100 km) above Earth.

The New Shepard booster made its touchdown first, landing safely in the prepared area. The crew arrived shortly after under the parachutes.

The last New Shepard launch was made on October 13 with four people on board including William Shatner, 90, who became the oldest person in the world to go to space.

Blue Origin’s first flight took place on July, 20 with that time richest man on Earth Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos.