Jeff Bezos’ space flight renewed his passion to fight the climate crisis

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Jeff Bezos’ space flight renewed his passion to fight the climate crisis


It only lasted 11 minutes, but Jeff Bezos’ journey out of this world and back is another big step in the space tourism race.

The richest man in the world was naturally euphoric when he landed with his newly created fellow astronauts.

And from the dusty deserts of the Texas Desert, the adventures aboard his New Shepard rocket have certainly been another inspiration for those around the world who dream of space travel.

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Jeff Bezos is putting glasses on his eyes that belonged to aviator Amelia Mary Earhart during a post-launch press briefing. Photo: AP
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Wally Funk celebrates as Mr. Bezos hugs his parents. Photo: Blue origin

More Bezos, who made history on the flight with his brother Mark, veteran pilot Wally Funk and student Oliver Daemon, said he also brought back a renewed passion to tackle more pressing problems on Earth.

Like many before him who have flown into space, seeing our planet from afar has been a moment of humility.

“We live on this beautiful planet. You can’t imagine how thin the atmosphere is when you see it from space, ”he said.

“It feels like this atmosphere is huge and that we can neglect and abuse it. It’s when you go up there that you see her, you see how tiny she is, how fragile she is. “

But beyond the thrill of space tourism, Bezos’ plan to save Earth is controversial.

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launch carrying Mr. Bezos and three other people. AP Photo

He plans to take all of Earth’s polluting industries and move them to space so that this planet can remain a “beautiful gem.”

He acknowledges that it will take decades to achieve this, but believes that what he’s doing now, along with the work of other pioneers in the private space, is laying the groundwork.

Bezos also believes in building floating settlements in space that can house billions of people.

Margarita Moilina (L) and her daughter Ronnie, of El Paso, TX, photograph themselves in front of a mural a day before the scheduled launch of billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos and his three teammates on the inaugural flight of Blue Origin to the Edge of Space, in nearby Van Horn, TX, USA, July 19, 2021
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Beyond the rides of space tourism, Mr. Bezos’ plan to save Earth is controversial

Turning space into a distant dumping ground for earth’s problems is certainly a unique marketing message among this new generation of explorers.

However, the alternative – giving rides to the super-rich – isn’t the kind of blood pumping for us ordinary people.

Despite all the talk about the democratization of space, a price within the reach of everyone, except millionaires, seems a long way off.

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Mr Bezos was visibly euphoric after his trip to space

But the technical accomplishments of the teams brought together by Bezos, Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk are undoubtedly epic.

For so, for so long, their dreams seemed like piece of cake in the sky.

And no one can have been delighted with Wally Funk’s excitement at his rise to the rank of astronaut, 60 years after she and other women were denied by NASA.

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You might even forgive the team at Blue Origin for inflating their lines by touting Student Daemen’s place in history.

I’m sure they meant he was the new ‘Flying Dutchman’ rather than the new ‘Flying Dutchman’, but they were too excited to care.

The youngest, the oldest, the richest and his brother make quite a space story – but following them will remain a science fiction affair for most of us.

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