Tens of 1000’s Signal Petition To Forestall Jeff Bezos From Returning To Earth: NPR
Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, a paying auction winner, and one other unnamed person will board a Blue Origin rocket that will fly into space on July 20th. Patrick Semansky / AP Hide caption
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On July 20th, Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark will board the New Shepard suborbital missile system. The Bezos brothers, an auction winner with $ 28 million left, and a fourth person will be the first crew on board the reusable rocket for its 11-minute journey into space.
Since Bezos announced his trip to space earlier this month, tens of thousands of people have gathered to protest his return to the planet.
There are several petitions, but the front runner, “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth”, had collected more than 33,000 signatures by late Sunday. “There shouldn’t be billionaires,” the description said. “On earth or in space, but should you choose the latter, you should stay there.”
Bezos is the founder of the space exploration company Blue Origin, which New Shepard built. The rocket is reusable and can accommodate six passengers in its capsule.
“When you see the earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s an earth, “said Bezos in a video posted on Instagram.
Bezos isn’t the only billionaire with his sights set on extraordinary ventures.
Elon Musk is the founder of SpaceX, which has made a number of premieres for private space travel, including being the first private company to transport astronauts to the International Space Station last year. The company’s website advertises space travel for paying customers. Musk himself has not announced any immediate space plans. But a Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, booked a trip with SpaceX to orbit the moon in 2023.
Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, also has a space program – Virgin Galactic, which also has a reusable spacecraft for commercial space travel. Branson plans to be on one of Virgin Galactic’s upcoming flights.