Jeff Bezos completes successful flight to space. Photograph:( Reuters )
Amazon's ex-CEO Jeff Bezos experienced zero gravity as he flew to space along with his brother, Mark Bezos, 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old student Oliver Daemen
Jeff Bezos landed back on Earth after flying off to space, along with three other civilians. While it was the 16th flight for Blue Origin's New Shephard rocket, it was the first-ever all-civilian crew to fly to the Karmen Lane.
Blue Origin's flight has taken place a few days after another billionaire, Richard Branson, flew to space to experience zero gravity.
As it happened | Blue Origin touchdown complete, Bezos & three others back home
"This isn't a competition, this is about building a road to space so that future generations can do incredible things in space," Bezos had recently said.
While Bezos believes this is about building a road to space, Twitter believes it is simply about a billionaire living his dreams on the expense of other people's money.
As Jeff Bezos' rocket launched, Twitter users, too, released their share of jokes on the billionaire.
Here are some of the best reactions:
Congratulations to #BlueOrigin for today’s flight. Space plays a critical role in our daily lives and national security. Private sector investment in space is important.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 20, 2021
At the same time, I note that @NASA sent human beings to the moon and brought them back 52 YEARS AGO. https://t.co/44A0AF6Qq6
2.2 billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water….but, hooray! Another billionaire just made it to the edge of space. https://t.co/nmsJuXVujv— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) July 20, 2021
BREAKING: Jeff Bezos shot into space! Warehouse employees around the world celebrate!— Michael Coates (@MG_Coates) July 20, 2021
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know it’s time for billionaires to pay their fair share. https://t.co/fozG8FVVvh— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) July 20, 2021
Billionaires will try ANYTHING to avoid paying their fair share in taxes. It's time for a wealth tax. https://t.co/g9aGly0gLH— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) July 20, 2021
There’s a $5.5 billion dollar penis in the sky. Too bad Amazon can’t afford to provide its employees health insurance, better working conditions, or pay them a living wage. #BezosHasNoShame— Nancy Giles (@nancygilesnyc) July 20, 2021