NEW DELHI ;
JEFF Bezos is all set to fly to the edge of space, beyond the Karman line, on Tuesday, along with three others, aboard his company Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. The Karman line, 100 km above the ground, is the internationally recognised boundary of space. The company will launch its first astronaut flight, NS-16, from Launch Site One in West Texas. The liftoff is set for 9 a.m. EDT (6.30 p.m. IST).
Besides Bezos and his brother Mark, the 11-minute trip will take the oldest person ever to go to space, 82-year-old trailblazing female aviator Wally Funk, and the youngest, an 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemen, to an altitude of 100 km, where they will experience three to four minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth in their space capsule. They will land in the West Texas desert. “Our first human flight on Tuesday will be the 16th flight in New Shepard’s history,” Blue Origin said in a tweet.