Washington: After two successful missions, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' space firm Blue Origin is set for yet another flight on December 9. The crew will...
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Bezos is expected to fly approximately 328,000 feet (about 100 kilometres) to the Kármán Line on New Shepard on the day that marks NASA’s Apollo moon landing anniversary.
Wally Funk, who is one of the 13 women who passed NASA’s astronaut training program in the 1960s, will be aboard the July 20 launch from West Texas, flying in the capsule as an “honored guest.”
A single seat aboard the New Shepard crew capsule, dubbed the RSS First Step Crew Capsule, went up for auction earlier this month, starting with a sealed bidding round that drew "more than 5,200 bidders from 136 countries".
Blue Origin had filed a protest with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) against NASA for awarding $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX for landing astronauts on the Moon by 2024.
The US space agency was expected to pick two lunar lander prototypes (including one of Blue Origin's) but funding cut from US Congress led the agency to select SpaceX over Blue Origin.
This mission, launched on Wednesday from Launch Site One in West Texas, marked a verification step prior to flying astronauts, Blue Origin said.
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