Jeff Bezos’ long-awaited Blue Origin flight was a success Tuesday morning, as Amazon’s founder became the second billionaire to ride his own spacecraft in just over a week.
“Best day ever,” Bezos said after the capsule touched down at the end of the 10-minute flight. The video above shows the flight’s launch and landing.
Blue Origin took off from a remote area of West Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Bezos was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas. The latter two are now the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.
The 82-year-old, Wally Funk, was one of 13 female pilots who went through the same tests as NASA’s all-male astronaut corps in the early 1960s, but never made it into space.
The teen, Oliver Daemen, was a last-minute fill-in for the mystery winner of a $28 million auction. They opted for a later flight. Daemen’s father took part in the auction and agreed on a lower undisclosed price last week when Blue Origin offered his son the vacated seat.