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I do, sort of. Was hoping they would burn up on re-entry.
Especially Branson. What an irritant.
I only think it’d be nice to get them off the planet.
Why do a space race when any one of them could have become Batman? Waste.
I care. It’s why I’m not allowed near the big red button.
it’s funny there are parts of earth i wouldn’t visit, and to think billionaires want to explore space haha.
They score ‘World class twat’ on my twatometer.
It makes sense to be a multi planetary species. I agree with the billies that it should be a priority. I’m just hoping I’m on the space ship before the nukes land. Haha
I’m happy. big circle jerk in here!
What’s the big red button?
I hate billionaires. Especially the ones going into space.
You gotta turn off CNN
Don’t let things bother you
If I could destroy the world, I would.
My first thought is the rapid increase of space junk. We haven’t been very wise about cleaning up after ourselves, and there is already a lot of our junk floating around around space If we don’t start now, we’ll just ruin it like everything else we touch
Branson’s Virgin Galactic took only 15 minutes to reach the edge of space, but Bezos’ Blue Origin is only offering Prime members 2-day shipping to space. All passengers (including Bezos) do qualify for free returns, and they can drop themselves off at any local space UPS Store or participating space Kohl’s.
I’m spaced out for free.
I mean what is the point of these rich people going to space there’s nothing there!!! I bet they will fly around earth a few times and come back and no one will have missed them.
Like a tour of all the Google satellites. Oh here’s the new Amazon space station 2.493393939
I bet they taste good, though.
feed them to the space aliens hahaah
IMAGINE YOU HAVE infinite money. Just an unstoppable amount of dollars—the ability to buy anything and destabilize everything. Do you use it to end world hunger? Do you take actually meaningful steps to mitigate the climate crisis? Ha ha, no. You go to space! Or at least you do if you’re Jeff Bezos. Or Virgin CEO Richard Branson.
On Tuesday, Bezos’ Blue Origin will launch a crew including the former Amazon CEO, his slightly less high-profile brother, a trailblazing octogenarian pilot, and a young Dutch physics student up to the outer edges of the planet. (WIRED’s own Steven Levy will be reporting live from the launch site, so keep an eye out for his dispatches.)
If you want to watch, here are the details:
- The launch will stream on Blue Origin’s website. Here’s the link .
- The broadcast starts at 7:30 am Eastern time on July 20 . The actual launch is aiming for 9:00 am ET, but expect delays. (As with all liftoffs, that timing depends on weather, the whims of random animals, or any number of technical snafus. Launching a rocket is dangerous, and things can go awry.)
The flight itself should take about 11 minutes. And while there are risks involved any time you mix humans and space flight, experts expect things to go smoothly.
This event is historic enough. There have only been a handful of crewed commercial space launches, and this is Blue Origin’s first. (If you’re keeping score, Virgin has completed one other crewed flight. Musk’s SpaceX has been flinging people into space for a while now, though none have been civilians yet.) Thanks to a last-minute booking change, the launch also now has the distinction of carrying both the youngest and the oldest person to ever go to space. It’s particularly neat for the 82-year-old passenger and ex-pilot Wally Funk, who had previously been denied her lifelong dream of traveling to space.
This launch is a big deal for Bezos too, obviously. The billionaires had locked themselves in a dude-bro cold war, each eager to make history as the very first head of a space tourism brand to hurl himself into the thermosphere. Branson claimed victory last week, with a bombastic mission in his Virgin Galactic shuttle. Bezos will try for second place, though Blue Origin has been keen to point out that the boundary of what constitutes space is a little contentious. The Bezos gang’s parabolic voyage will carry them past the Kármán line—or 62 miles up, the US Department of Defense’s round number that marks the boundary of space (the Federal Aviation Administration uses a more lenient 50 miles, which is where Branson flew last week)—and keep them up there just long enough to tickle the abyss. It’ll probably be plenty of time to ensure that the price tag of future trips appeals to those with the dough.
Of course, these high-altitude ambitions have come under fire from critics, who point out stuff like how all the money the space billionaires avoid paying in taxes could be used to fund public resources like NASA. (You know, the agency that has been sending humans to space for 60 years.) Or that Bezos has spent the last couple of decades overseeing a company that has had a serious impact on the planet’s environment and a contentious history with worker’s rights advocates. The endeavor loses some of its egalitarian “giant leap for mankind” luster when it’s centered around a guy whose employees have had to pee in bottles while on the clock.
To be fair, there’s far more in space than there is here. I don’t think we’d miss them if things went horribly wrong and they never got a chance to see any of it though.