Hundreds attend Blue Origin launch party at U.S. Space & Rocket Center


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos launched into space on a 10-minute flight along with three other passengers. From take-off to landing, few places were more festive than the Rocket City Tuesday morning.

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center hosted a launch party for Blue Origin’s first ‘crewed’ flight.

It may have only been a few minutes in actual space, making for a total of ten and a half minutes from launch to landing, but the first Blue Origin manned space tourism flight was a successful one. It was an inspiring moment for the more than 300 who attended the live stream, says retired NASA astrobiologist Richard B. Hoover, who was in attendance.

“We witnessed a pioneering event,” Hoover says. “The youngest human being to ever go into space, and Wally Funk, the oldest astronaut ever to fly into space. And it was very exciting.”

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