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Blue Origin and Jeff Bezos Return to Earth Following Space Flight

Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft successfully launches and lands a crew of four after a quick space flight.

Blue Origin, the space-tourism company founded by Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Report Executive Chairman Jeff Bezos, successfully launched and landed a crew of four after flying past the Karaman line, which defines the boundary between the Earth's atmosphere and space. 

The company's booster blasted the trio off into space more than 250,000 feet above the earth and landed safely back on earth within 7:30 seconds while the crew capsule returned to Earth, descending at about 16 miles per hour, about 10 minutes following liftoff.

The space-flight startup blasted Bezos and three other tourists 66 miles above Earth in a fully autonomous rocket and capsule. The launch was 9 a.m. ET.

"We've been training. This vehicle is ready. This crew is ready. This team is amazing. We just feel really good about it," Bezos told CBS.

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The New Shepard spacecraft has launched 15 successful test flights without crew into low-Earth orbit. 

Oliver Daemen, an 18-year old physics student, will accompany Bezos, along with his brother, Mark Bezos, and aerospace engineer Mary Wallace Funk.

Daemen replaced the winner of an auction, who'd bid $28 million for a seat on the flight. That winner, who has not been identified, could not make the flight due to scheduling conflicts. 

Daemen and Funk, 82, will be the youngest and oldest persons to travel to space.

Last Sunday the entrepreneur Richard Branson and a five-member flight crew completed a Virgin Galactic  (SPCE) - Get Report test flight on its VSS Unity space plane.