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Blue Origin Soars Again: Crewed Flight Resumes

Blue Origin successfully completing its NS-25 mission and marking a major milestone in the company's journey to space
May 19, 2024

After a nearly two-year hiatus, Blue Origin has successfully completed its NS-25 mission, marking a major milestone in the company's journey to make space travel more accessible. For the first time in 24 months, the private space company has resumed crewed flights, carrying six tourists to the edge of space.

The mission was a significant one, not only because it marked the return of crewed flights but also because it gave a chance to achieve a lifelong dream for one of the passengers, Ed Dwight. A former Air Force Captain and artist, Dwight was selected by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to be the country's first Black astronaut candidate. However, he never made it to space until today, making this mission a truly historic moment.

The crew included a diverse group of individuals, each with their own unique story and background. There was Ken Hess, a software engineer and entrepreneur; Carol Schaller, a retired accountant; Sylvain Chiron, the founder of brewery Brasserie Mont Blanc; aviator Gopi Thotakura; and venture capitalist Mason Angel of Industrious Ventures.

In a promotional video, Dwight shared his excitement about the mission, saying, "I thought the whole idea of going to space with Blue Origin was a fascinating last chapter. I really, really want to do this because each person who goes up there all of a sudden has a totally different perspective of this little place here."

The New Shepard rocket and crew capsule successfully landed back on Earth, marking the end of the NS-25 mission. This achievement is significant not only for Blue Origin but also for the space industry as a whole. The company's work with the Federal Aviation Administration has identified 21 corrective actions to ensure the safety of future missions.

The NS-25 mission is a testament to Blue Origin's commitment to innovation and its dedication to making space travel more accessible. With this achievement, the company has now flown 37 human passengers to space. As Jeff Bezos' private space company continues to push the boundaries of what is possible, it's clear that the future of space travel is bright and exciting.

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