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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launch Live Updates: Astronauts head to launchpad

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(From left) Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Mary Wallace Funk. (Twitter/@blueorigin)

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launch Live Updates: Jeff Bezos and three fellow passengers are all set to make a journey into space from West Texas.

Bezos personally invited two of his fellow passengers — his brother Mark Bezos, female aviation pioneer Wally Funk. Joining them will be Oliver Daemen, a last-minute fill-in for the winner of a $28 million charity auction who had a scheduling conflict.

New Shepard’s rocket-and-capsule will be launched vertically into the suborbital space. They then separate and the rocket returns to the launchpad, while the capsule falls back to earth with parachutes assisting it make the landing in the West Texas desert.

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launch Live Updates: Blue Origin will attempt its first crewed spaceflight today, as the company attempts to kick-start its space tourist program. Follow our live blog for the latest updates.

Bezos caught the space bug at age 5 while watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s moon landing on July, 20, 1969. He chose the 52nd anniversary for his own launch.

Enamored by space history, Bezos named his New Shepard rocket after Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and his bigger, still-in-development New Glenn rocket after John Glenn, the first American in orbit.

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