Blue Origin launches another space tourism rocket from West Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Billionaire Jeff Bezos sent more people into the sky as another Blue Origin rocket launched Thursday from West Texas.

The launch of the rocket was originally scheduled for March 23, then postponed to March 29. High winds in the small town of Van Horn, Texas forced another postponement to Thursday. The boosters detonated the rocket shortly after 9 a.m.

The launch lost its star power after comedian and actor Pete Davidson backed out of his commitment to board the New Shepard rocket after being delayed the first time around. William Shatner and Michael Strahan are other notable celebrities who have ridden Blue Origin rockets. Bezos rose in July 2021.

Even so, five paying customers traveled to space, along with Blue Origin employee Gary Lai, the rocket’s chief architect. Lai took Davidson’s place on the flight.

Marty Allen, Jim Kitchen, George Nield, as well as husband and wife Marc and Sharon Hagle, bought their places on the rocket.

According to Space.com, passengers feel about 3-4 minutes weightlessness, and suborbital flights last about 11 minutes before the capsule descends by parachute to the ground.

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