Jeff Bezos successfully flies to space and lands with Blue Origin

The world’s richest man flew to the edge of space (Picture: AFP/Getty Images/Blue Origin)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos landed safely back on Earth after a blistering 11-minute journey to space.

His rocket company Blue Origin launched its first human flight aboard the New Shephard today.

Mr Bezos, the world’s richest man, flew to 350,000ft (106km) on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

He was seen hugging his parents Jackie and Mike as he exited the cabin.

The rocket travelled more than 10 miles (16km) higher than Sir Richard Branson’s flight to space last week with Virgin Galactic.

Accompanying Mr Bezos was his brother, Mark, and female pilot Wally Funk, 82, an avid aviator who trained with Nasa to go to space in 1961 but never had the chance.

The flight, which lasted around 11 minutes from launch to landing, saw the astronauts experience three or four minutes of zero-gravity.

They travelled above the Karman Line, which is considered to be the boundary of space.

After launch, the crew could be heard cheering and shouting.

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Blast off! The moment Jeff Bezos is launched with three crew members aboard his rocket (Picture: Reuters)
The astronauts landed successfully in the capsule of the rocket (Picture: Blue Origin)
The billionaire is seen leaving the cabin (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
The group hugged and celebrated as they completed their space flight (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

The booster that blasted the group into space, then split off, landed back on Earth shortly after lift-off.

Shortly after the landing of the main capsule minutes later, a voice that appeared to be that of Bezos could be heard saying: ‘Best day ever.’

The four astronauts were greeted with cheers and champagne from family and friends as they disembarked.

When asked by mission control how he was, his brother Mark said: ‘I am unbelievably good.’

Blue Origin also auctioned off the fourth seat on the flight to a mystery bidder, who paid $28 million (£20 million) for the privilege.

The thumbs up is given as the flight takes off (Picture: Blue Origin)
The astronauts experienced three or four minutes of zero-gravity (Picture: Reuters)
The New Shephard rocket was in the sky for 11 minutes (Picture: Reuters)
Billionaire Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark board the flight (Picture: Reuters)
The capsule landed with parachutes in the desert (Picture: Reuters)
The group were thrilled to have completed their journey into space (Picture: Blue Origin)

That bidder dropped out due to a ‘scheduling conflict’ so the spot was taken by 18-year-old Oliver Daemen.

Mr Daemen’s father had been in the bidding for the auction but hadn’t reached the top spot.

The company confirmed he was the first paying customer, but did not disclose the price of his ticket.

A family spokesperson said it will be considerably less than the winning bid.

Ms Funk and Mr Daemen are the oldest and youngest people to fly into space, respectively.

The New Shepard rocket, named after US astronaut Alan Shepard, landed near launchpad Launch Site One, in Texas, shortly after the capsule containing Mr Bezos detached at 250,000ft (76km).

The six-person capsule, after experiencing microgravity at the peak of the flight, then landed with parachutes in the desert.

Blue Origin tweeted after the landing: ‘Congratulations to all of Team Blue past and present on reaching this historic moment in space flight history.

‘This first astronaut crew wrote themselves into the history books of space, opening the door through which many after will pass.’

The company said it plans to launch two more flights in 2021, with ticket sales now open.

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