Amazon founder, and the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos has added his name to the list of billionaires who have flown to space in recent times.
The 10 minutes flight that went up more than 60 miles above earth according to reports, was cruised by Mr. Jeff Bezos, accompanied by his brother, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, an 82 years old pilot, and Oliver Daemen, an 18 years old student. Jeff Bezos said after flying on the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his company, Blue Origin, said his “expectations were high and dramatically exceeded.” Another source quoted him to have said, it was the “best day ever” and that the experience was so “serene and peaceful.”
However, critics have said the money used for such adventure could be used as pay rise for employees of Amazon or to fight climate change. They (critics) are also of the opinion that the spaceflight experience is a “mere joy rides for the super wealthy.”
Mr. Jeff Bezos, since his return, has thanked members of his staff and customers for such an experience. Bezos is quoted by BBC News to have said “you guys paid for all of this.” CNN reports also confirmed that, Jeff Bezos has “planned to award $100 million each to CNN contributor Van Jones and Chef Jose Andres.”
It is worth mentioning that the billionaire space race, which started earlier this month, witnessed Sir Richard Branson, a business magnate, as the first traveler on July 11, 2021 and Mr. Jeff Bezos as the second with only a 9-day interval period.