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Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos has predicted that space will become humanity's home one day and that people will visit Earth on vacation. Bezos said that in centuries to come, people will be born in space and live in giant floating cylinders that could house up to a million people and re-create Earth's gravity and environment, with 'rivers, forests and wildlife' and regular Terran weather, Daily Mail reported. The tech titan said this at the Washington Cathedral as part of the 2021 Ignatius Forum in DC, hosted by Adi Ignatius, editor in chief of Harvard Business Review, this week.
"Over centuries, many people will be born in space, it will be their first home," Bezos said. "They will be born on these colonies, live on these colonies, then they'll visit Earth the way you would visit, you know, Yellowstone National Park," he said.
Bezos further noted that even his company's name, 'Blue Origin,' was a nod to the idea of Earth as humanity's origin point, not its final destiny. Previously, Bezos talked up his idea about space habitats, and called them 'O'Neill colonies', after physicist Gerard O'Neill, who theorised other planets might not be the best place to house humans beyond Earth. AHe said own trip beyond Earth in July was even more transformational than he had imagined.
"Over centuries, many people will be born in space, it will be their first home," Bezos said.| IANS
"The magnitude of that experience was so much bigger than I could have ever anticipated," he told the audience. "It really is such a change in perspective that shows you in a very powerful and emotional way, just how fragile this Earth is. I wish everyone could have that perspective," he added. Bezos said his passion for space exploration started when he was 5 years old and Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon.
"I've always had the dream of having a company like Blue Origin to build what I see as the road to space." Bezos, 57, also confirmed he believed in extraterrestrial life. "How could there not be? There are so many stars, just in this galaxy. And then so many galaxies," he added. (IANS/ MBI)
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Following the grand Richard Branson show where he carried Andhra Pradesh-born Sirisha Bandla and fellow space travelers on his shoulders after successfully flying to the edge of space, it is time for Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to applaud Sanjal Gavande, one of the key engineers who designed the New Shephard rocket set to take Bezos and the crew to space on July 20.
Billionaire Bezos is set to fly to the edge of space aboard what is touted as the world's first unpiloted suborbital flight. Born in Kalyan, Maharashtra, Gavande is a systems engineer at Blue Origin who always dreamt of designing aerospace rockets.
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After completing Bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Mumbai, she flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University. She also applied for an engineering job at the US space agency NASA but finally landed her dream job at Blue Origin
Sirisha flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University.IANS
Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Mary Wallace 'Wally' Funk, and other passengers are set to liftoff from west Texas and travel just beyond the edge of space on July 20. Blue Origin announced this week that Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old high school graduate from the Netherlands, would join the crew.
Oliver is the son of millionaire Joe Daemen, Founder, and CEO of the Dutch investment company Somerset Capital Partners. Blue Origin, however, did not reveal how much Daemen paid for his son's trip to space. Bezos chose July 20 as the launch date to honor the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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The launch site for Blue Origin's first human flight will be in a remote location north of Van Horn, Texas, from where the firm had launched New Shepard for previous flights. Blue Origin has received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to carry humans on the New Shepard rocket into space.
On July 12, Bandla touched the edge of space with three others, including Virgin Galactic's billionaire CEO Richard Branson. Bandla vaulted into space onboard VSS Unity 22. After the successful spaceflight, Branson carried the Indian-American on his shoulders while celebrating their flight to space, at Spaceport America in New Mexico. (IANS/KB)
Before Jeff Bezos became a multi-billionaire, he used to write product reviews for Amazon, and over a period of six years between 2000 and 2006, he reviewed non-fiction books, a novel, a movie, binoculars, and even milk. Unearthed by inc.com’s contributing editor Billy Murphy Jr, the old reviews by the world’s richest man are genuine and are given five stars, which is the highest score for a review on the e-commerce platform.
Bezos is touted as Amazon’s 78,951,609th-ranked reviewer. “I love milk so much that I’ve been drinking it since the day I was born. I don’t think it was Tuscan though,” Bezos wrote in a product review for Tuscan Dairy Whole Vitamin D Milk.
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In the movie ‘Life is Beautiful’, Bezos wrote: “Wow. A masterpiece. This movie is absolutely all it’s cracked up to be. Hysterically funny and simultaneously a tear-jerker — it’s ultimately very uplifting. The cinematography is also fantastic — amazing use of color.”
While reviewing Canon 18×50 Image Stabilization All-Weather Binoculars w/Case, Neck Strap & Batteries,” Bezos wrote: Absolutely the best binoculars I’ve used. The problem with high power binoculars is that humans can’t hold them steady, and that jitter makes it impossible to really look at something without a tripod”.
Reviewing the book titled ‘The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race’, the Amazon founder wrote: “This book is about people — an incredibly interesting assortment of determined, competitive people thrust into a circumstance more challenging and dangerous than any of them expected”. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that it was Bezos’s own profile and the reviews are his own. (IANS/JC)
Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the first person ever whose net worth soared over $200 billion, according to Forbes and Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
The net worth of the world’s richest person went up by $4.9 billion after Amazon stock edged up two percent as of Wednesday afternoon, Forbes reported.
Bezos also owns aerospace company Blue Origin, the Washington Post, and other private investments.
However, his nearly 11 percent stake in Amazon makes up over 90 percent of his massive fortune.
The e-commerce giant saw a huge spike in demands for its services amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since the beginning of 2020, Amazon stock is up nearly 80 percent, said the Forbes report, adding that Bezos’ net worth on January 1 was roughly $115 billion.
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While Forbes said that Amazon CEO Bezos became worth $204.6 billion at 1.50 pm EDT on Wednesday, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index currently puts his net worth at $202 billion.
The person who is closest to Bezos now is Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates who is currently worth $116.1 billion, according to Forbes, while the Bloomberg Billionaires Index put his net worth at $124 billion. (IANS)