Jeff Bezos’s space company, Blue Origin, has sent the first Egyptian woman and the first Portuguese manthis Thursday.
The crew of cohete New Shepard included a group of six space tourists.
The spacecraft took off in western Texas and reached an altitude of 100 kilometers before descending to Earth.
But to everyone’s amazement, the trip only lasted 10 minutes.
This was Blue Origin’s sixth successful space tourism flight in just over a year. In the first of them, at the end of July 2021, Jeff Bezos himself got on board.
Egyptian Sara Sabry, an engineer and founder of an association to promote space research, was sponsored by the “Space for Humanity” program, whose objective is to democratize access to space.
The Portuguese tourist is Mario Ferreira, a businessman who has participated in the Dakar Rally.
Also on the flight was Vanessa O’Brien. The British-American became the first woman to achieve a Guinness World Record in extreme conditions on Earth, after climbing Mount Everest, in the water, diving to the depths of the Challenger, and in the air, crossing thanks to this flight, the frontier of space.
The team was completed by the co-founder of a famous YouTube channel, Coby Cotton, businessman Steve Young, and Clint Kelly III, who worked for a Pentagon agency where he directed a project to develop autonomous cars.