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Bezos' Blue Origin Gets $3.4B NASA Contract to Build Moon Lander

2 years after losing out to SpaceX

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos' rocket company has won a NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon, two years after it lost out to SpaceX, the AP reports. Blue Origin received a $3.4 billion contract Friday to lead a team to develop a lunar lander named Blue Moon. It will be...

Jeff Bezos Has First Rocket Failure
Jeff Bezos
Has First

Jeff Bezos Has First Rocket Failure

Nobody was aboard the Blue Origin flight

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos’ rocket company suffered its first launch failure Monday, per the AP . No one was aboard, only science experiments. The Blue Origin rocket veered off course over West Texas about a minute after liftoff. The capsule’s launch abort system immediately kicked in, lifting the craft off the top....

Pete Davidson Not Going to Space After All

After Blue Origin flight delayed, he can no longer make it

(Newser) - Pete Davidson has bowed out of a short ride to space on a Jeff Bezos rocket. The Saturday Night Live star is no longer able to make the flight, which has been delayed for nearly a week, Bezos' space travel company said Thursday night. No other details were provided, the...

Report: Pete Davidson Is Going to Space
Pete Davidson Going
to Space This Month

Pete Davidson Going to Space This Month

His Blue Origin flight is scheduled for March 23

(Newser) - Update: Pete Davidson may be fighting with Kanye West , but he's also going to space. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin company said Monday that the Saturday Night Live star will be part of a six-person flight to the edge of space on March 23, reports NBC News . Our original story ...

Bezos Rocket Launches Strahan, 5 Others Into Space

This was the third flight by Blue Origin

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated with the return flight. Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, launched its latest trip to space Saturday morning. The New Shepard rocket blasted off about 10am, and the crew returned safely to Earth in a capsule about 10 minutes later. Among the six people...

Michael Strahan Is Going to Space
Is Going
to Space

Michael Strahan Is Going to Space

'Good Morning America' co-host will be a passenger on Blue Origin flight

(Newser) - Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan is going to space next month. The former NFL star, who turned 50 on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on the Dec. 9 mission aboard the Blue Origin rocket, per the AP . The New Shepard spacecraft...

Man Who Flew to Space With Shatner Killed in Plane Crash

Glen de Vries, 49, rode in Blue Origin rocket last month

(Newser) - A man who traveled to space with William Shatner last month was killed along with another person when a small plane crashed in northern New Jersey, according to state police. Glen M. de Vries, 49, of New York City, and Thomas P. Fischer, 54, of Hopatcong, were aboard the single-engine...

Musk Pokes at Bezos After Blue Origin Loses Lawsuit

'You have been judged,' Musk quips

(Newser) - Update: Jeff Bezos' space company has lost a federal lawsuit against NASA over the decision earlier this year to award a lunar lander contract to SpaceX. The US Court of Federal Claims ruled against Blue Origin, which argued in the August lawsuit that NASA disregarded "key flight safety requirements"...

Prince William Calls Out Rich Men's Race to Space
Shatner: Prince William
Is 'Lovely' but Wrong

Shatner: Prince William Is 'Lovely' but Wrong

He says Blue Origin voyages are 'baby steps' toward greater things after prince's criticism

(Newser) - Update: William Shatner says Prince William is a "lovely, gentle, educated man"—but he's got the "wrong idea" about space tourism. After the prince said the world's greatest minds should focus on fixing problems on Earth, Shatner told Entertainment Tonight that trips like his Wednesday...

William Shatner Is Now Truly a Rocket Man
William Shatner Is
Now Truly a Rocket Man

William Shatner Is Now Truly a Rocket Man

The 90-year-old blasted off on Wednesday

(Newser) - William Shatner on Wednesday became the oldest person to go to space. After a couple of delays, CNN reports the 90-year-old blasted off from a West Texas launch site on an 11-minute up-and-down flight (with four of those minutes being weightless). He rode on Blue Origin's New Shepard...

Musk Widens Richie-Rich Gap, Trolls Bezos

SpaceX CEO tweets a silver medal at space race rival

(Newser) - Elon Musk is pulling further ahead of Jeff Bezos as the world's richest man, and trolling all the way. Privately-held SpaceX saw its valuation rise to $100.3 billion this week as insiders agreed to sell up to $755 million in stock to new and existing investors at $560...

William Shatner Books Trip to Final Frontier
William Shatner's
Blastoff Date Is Set

William Shatner's Blastoff Date Is Set

Blue Origin rocket will carry TV's Captain Kirk, age 90, into space on Oct. 12

(Newser) - Update: We now have a launch date for William Shatner. The AP reports the Star Trek actor will blast off from West Texas on Oct. 12. "Yes, it's true; I'm going to be a 'rocket man!'" the nonagenarian tweeted Monday, adding , "It's...

Current, Former Blue Origin Staff Pen Scathing Essay

Former comms chief says Jeff Bezos' company ignores safety concerns

(Newser) - "Blue Origin's culture sits on a foundation that ignores the plight of our planet, turns a blind eye to sexism, is not sufficiently attuned to safety concerns, and silences those who seek to correct wrongs." So claim 21 current and former employees of Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company...

Bezos to NASA: Let's Make a Deal on the Moon
Jeff Bezos
Makes NASA
a $2B Offer

Jeff Bezos Makes NASA a $2B Offer

Ex-Amazon CEO wants to again compete in moon race against SpaceX

(Newser) - If Elon Musk thought he had the sole lock on building NASA's next lunar landing vehicle, there may be a new wrench in the works. In April, the space agency announced it was offering Musk's SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to build the spacecraft that will take...

Astronaut? Not So Fast, FAA Tells Bezos

Rule may exclude billionaire from high-flying club

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos may have reached outer space, but the billionaire may never get to be officially dubbed an astronaut. Per BBC , the FAA announced its Commercial Astronaut Wings program the same day Bezos boarded his Blue Origin spaceship trained on the outer reaches of Earth's atmosphere. But rather than...

Bezos' Nod to Amazon Workers Does Not Go Over Well

Space flight indulgence came as Amazon delivery drivers are without health insurance, critics say

(Newser) - After his quick trip to space on Tuesday, Jeff Bezos had some people to thank. "I want to thank every Amazon employee, and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this," the world's richest man said at a news conference, per CBS News . That comment...

Bezos Says View of Earth Changed His Priorities

Amazon's founder announces his recommitment to environment work

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos has made plans and donations to combat the effects of climate change, but he's been criticized for not doing more, even by Amazon employees. Now that he's satisfied his space itch, Bezos said his focus will turn to environmental issues. He gained a new perspective up...

Jeff Bezos Blasts Into Space
Bezos Touches Down
After Trip to Space

Bezos Touches Down After Trip to Space

He and 3 passengers lifted off on Blue Origin's debut flight

(Newser) - Billionaire No. 2 has completed his trip to space. Jeff Bezos and three passengers blasted off on Tuesday from Texas aboard a Blue Origin rocket and returned safely about 10 minutes later. The flight, another crucial test for space tourism, follows the feat of Richard Branson . As the AP notes,...

What Time Will Jeff Bezos Go to Space, and More Answers
Jeff Bezos' Flight
Will Last About 10 Minutes
the rundown

Jeff Bezos' Flight Will Last About 10 Minutes

Amazon founder is launching Tuesday morning

(Newser) - It's launch day for Jeff Bezos: In a rocket and capsule developed by the Amazon founder's private space company, Blue Origin, the billionaire will participate in the company's first crewed launch of the New Shepard on Tuesday. Some inevitable questions in the lead-up to the flight, and...

Bezos' Final Passenger to Space Is a Teenager

Oliver Daemen will be the youngest person ever to make the trip

(Newser) - When Jeff Bezos blasts off for space next week, the flight will be historic on two fronts that are polar opposites. His Blue Origin capsule will include the youngest and oldest people to fly to space, reports CNN . The company announced Thursday that the fourth and final passenger will be...

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