Manawatu Standard

Bezos blasts into space and back again


Jeff Bezos blasted into space yesterday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionair­e in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanie­d by a handpicked group: his brother Mark, Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old from the Netherland­s, and Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas – the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space. ‘‘Best day ever!’’ Bezos said when the capsule touched down on the desert floor in remote West Texas after the 10-minute flight.

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