Blue Origin soaring high as we mark moon landing

Forty-seven years ago today, man safely landed on the moon for the first time.
     On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down at the Sea of Tranquility aboard the lunar module Eagle. Six hours later, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, and Aldrin joined him a short time later.
     Today, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and his Kent-based Blue Origin aerospace company are rocket pioneers, making space travel newsworthy again and accessible for all aboard reusable spaceships.
     For all? Yes. Blue Origin plans to offer commercial spaceflights. Bezos sees a strong market for what he calls "space tourism."
     Four times, Blue Origins’ New Shepard spacecraft has rocketed to more than 100 kilometers and safely landed, proving the viability of reusing a booster rocket and crew capsule. The most recent flight took place June 19.
     But this week, Bezos is making headlines for a different kind of foray into space. Check out the photos showing him in makeup and costume as Bezos makes a cameo appearance in the new sci-fi film Star Trek Beyond, opening in theaters July 22.

by  Jon Osterberg

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