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Jeff Bezos blasts into space on own rocket

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The rocket looks phallic in every stage just different ones.

Bezos looks like a Willy.

Glad he made it back safe but it is still so so wrong for one man to have so much wonga.

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I'm not sure billionaires in space achieves anything but kudos to Bezos for actually reaching space, unlike Branson.

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Well, continue the narcissistic space race of the rich and spoiled big children..

Now what's next??, the first one who brings a rock from the moon??..

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The earth is literally burning, and the billionaires play with rocket ships. Pathetic.

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10 minutes and 10 seconds — five minutes shy of Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 flight in 1961

Modern space voyages are a lot less impressive than the ones 60 years ago, so I don't get all the hype. Yuri Gragarin went all the way around the Earth that year. It seems today's private space firms have a lot of catching up to do, if they manage to do that at all. Government space ventures are light years ahead.

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JeffLeeToday  09:42 am JST

10 minutes and 10 seconds — five minutes shy of Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 flight in 1961

Modern space voyages are a lot less impressive than the ones 60 years ago, so I don't get all the hype. Yuri Gragarin went all the way around the Earth that year. It seems today's private space firms have a lot of catching up to do, if they manage to do that at all. Government space ventures are light years ahead.

Yuri Gagarin took a big gamble in 1961 and it paid off, but he underwent training for the unknown possibilities. we've had some civilian millionaires guest on NASA flights. On this one, Bezos is on his own. He's being a predecessor to a 'Han Solo' with no government agency support. That's what making a difference today and what makes it historical.

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Impressive. Amazing what one can achieve by playing the capitalist free market.

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I'm all for "you have to start somewhere" and congrats to both Branson and Bezos of course, but is it really that much of a deal they're making it to be though?? This is an expensive roller coaster ride. In my books, you become an "astronaut" and "been to space" when you get into orbit and complete at least one circle around the Earth and then land. THAT's "been in space".

They went up in the sky a bit, vertically, then came straight back down. That's not space flight. I've seen better rides at Alton Towers.

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Single stage to space with a human payload is impressive. Why no orbit? It was literally a 5 minute ride up and back.

Every time the Blue Origin rocket lands, it looks like it is going to explode as the outside stays on fire for a few minutes.

The fact that they detached the payload from the rocket also makes me wonder if they don't trust the rocket not to explode on landing?

Somehow all I see is rich white people. Is that wrong or all the others just smarter for wanting to wait and see before they go up too?

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Amazing what one can achieve by playing the capitalist free market.

Indeed, 10 minutes in space in 2021 compared to nearly 2 hours achieved by a socialist agency 60 years earlier. Capitalism is so much more advanced.

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Jeff Bezos' brother is only four years younger than him, yet he looks about twenty years younger. Not being evil is the best skincare routine there is.

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That was one Freudian looking rocket. Is it bigger than Elons?

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The capsule on this booster can not control itself in orbit. It has no reentry (smirks) capacity. It is nothing but a rich persons toy.

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Keep looking at the capsule and I am not impressed. It can not make it into orbit. If it did, it has no means to control itself and it can not return to the Earth without burning up.

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What a sensless, useless and narcissic way to burn huge amount of money while Amazon workers toil almost as slaves. Pathetic.

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Does your company pay taxes Mr.Bezos? The gall to thank all his Amazon workers as if he is some philanthropist.

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At least private companies developing vehicles to space not for war

While governments developing rockets to militarize space

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The best part was when he admitted that people criticizing him for spending millions on a vanity project when there are problems on earth his money could be solving were right.

And then went into space anyway.

And then had the audacity to say his Amazon employees ‘made it possible’. No, your refusal to to pay a decent wage to people who aren’t even allowed bathroom breaks made it possible, you absolute rifle.

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At least private companies developing vehicles to space not for war

Oh just you wait. I’m sure Raytheon et al will be putting weapons in space as soon as the checks clear.

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I very much enjoyed watching this launch. The news coverage was just right. It was also great that Wally Funk finally got to space and that she never lost her dream.

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