Over 120,000 petitioners sign against Bezos returning on Earth from space
14:53, 25 June 2021
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More than 121,000 people have signed the petition urging Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos not to return to Earth after Blue Origin's first passenger flight aboard a rocket New Shepard on July 20 with brothers Bezos on board.
"Billionaires should not exist...on Earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter, they should stay there," says the petition called "Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth".
Two petitions on change.org surfaced a few days after Bezos announced he is going to space.
The second petition, signed by over 120,000 people, says: "The recent billionaire space odyssey competition is a slap in the face to working-class folks struggling paycheck to paycheck just to survive. Whether they are struggling with food insecurity, healthcare, shelter, or access to clean water, these issues have a price tag... Billionaires and corporations should pay their fair share. Until then, Jeff Bezos can stay in space until he finds which intergalactic asteroid core contains his compassion and humanity."
On June 7, Bezos announced the first human passenger flight aboard a rocket New Shepard on the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s Moon landing. Previously, the bidding on one of the six seats for the first passenger space flight accompanied by Jeff and Mark Bezos surpassed $3,8 million before an anonymous bidder acquired a seat on board the flight for $28 million on June 12. Nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries were attracted by the auction that started in May.
Once the rocket, which is topped by a gumdrop-shaped Crew Capsule with space for six passengers inside, blasts off from the Earth and reaches the Kármán line (340,000 feet above sea level), the capsule will detach from the booster after letting passengers spend several minutes in zero gravity. The capsule will land separately in the West Texas desert with the parachutes.
A privately funded aerospace manufacturer was founded by Jeff Bezos in 2000. Blue Origin aims to make access to space cheaper and more reliable through reusable launch vehicles, competing with Elon Musk's SpaceX company on the private commercial space travel development. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is also expected to begin space flights.