Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin Crew Capsule will take tourists into space

Jeff Bezos in front of Blue Origin's space capsule

Jeff Bezos in front of Blue Origin’s space capsule

Jeff Bezos’ space tourism project with Blue Origin is competing with a similar programme in development by Space X, the rocket firm founded and run by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and Virgin Galactic, backed by Richard Branson.

Bezos revealed in April 2017 that he finances Blue Origin with around $1 billion (£720 million) of Amazon stock each year.

The system consists of a pressurised crew capsule atop a reusable ‘New Shepard’ booster rocket.  

Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world and Blue Origin has successfully used a single New Shepard Rocket six times.

At its peak, the capsule reached 65 miles (104 kilometres), just above the official threshold for space and landed vertically seven minutes after liftoff. 

Crewed missions for astronauts or tourists have yet to be announced.

SpaceX appears to be leading the way in the billionaire space race with numerous launches carrying NASA equipment to the ISS and partnerships to send tourists to space by 2021.  

On February 6 2018, SpaceX sent rocket towards the orbit of Mars, 140 million miles away, with Musk’s own red Tesla roadster attached. 

Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

NASA has already selected two astronauts who will be on-board the first manned Dragon mission. 

SpaceX has also started sending batches of 60 satellites into space to help form its Starlink network. 

Musk hopes this will provide an interconnected web of satellites around Earth which will beam down free internet to people all around the world. 

Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic are taking a different approach to conquering space. 

It has repeatedly, and successfully, conducted test flights of the Virgin Galactic’s Unity spaceplane. 

The first took place in December 2018 and the latest took place on February 22nd.

The flight accelerated to over 2,000 miles per hour (Mach 2.7). 

More than 600 affluent customers to date, including celebrities Brad Pitt and Katy Perry, have reserved a $250,000 (£200,000) seat on one of Virgin’s space trips, 

The billionaire mogul has previously said he expects Elon Musk to win the race to Mars with his private rocket firm SpaceX. 

Richard Branson with the Virgin Galactic craft

Richard Branson with the Virgin Galactic craft

SpaceShipTwo can carry six passengers and two pilots. Each passenger gets the same seating position with two large windows – one to the side and one overhead.

The space ship is 60ft long with a 90inch diameter cabin allowing maximum room for the astronauts to float in zero gravity.

It climbs to 50,000ft before the rocket engine ignites. SpaceShipTwo separates from its carrier craft, White Knight II, once it’s passed the 50-mile mark.

Passengers become ‘astronauts’ when they reach the Karman line, the boundary of Earth’s atmosphere.

The spaceship will then make a sub-orbital journey with approximately six minutes of weightlessness, with the entire flight lasting approximately 1.5 hours.  

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New York home nicknamed the ‘bubblegum house’ ‘is a 1970s time capsule

For sale: four bedroom home, 1970s decor, MUST like pink!

A home on New York’s Staten Island has just hit the market having had just one previous set of homeowners who lived in the house from the moment it was built.

Nicknamed ‘The Bubblegum house’, the dwelling is unique due to the fact that virtually every single room and furnishing is decorated in shades of pink.

From the carpet to the staircase and from the draws to the doors, there’s almost no surface that he been left free from a pinkish hue.

A four bedroom, three bathroom home in Staten Island, New York is drenched in shades of pink

A four bedroom, three bathroom home in Staten Island, New York is drenched in shades of pink

Pink carpet runs throughout much of the home's communal areas including a staircase

Pink carpet runs throughout much of the home’s communal areas including a staircase

It’s likely the home will be snatched up quickly given its $829,000 price tag and bold color palette

It’s likely the home will be snatched up quickly given its $829,000 price tag and bold color palette

The four-bed, three-bath home in Staten Island’s Grasmere neighborhood is drenched in pastel hues - and is mainly pink!

The four-bed, three-bath home in Staten Island’s Grasmere neighborhood is drenched in pastel hues – and is mainly pink!

The house, which was built in 1970, appear to belong to another era but it has been so well preserved it's in perfect condition

The house, which was built in 1970, appear to belong to another era but it has been so well preserved it’s in perfect condition

The four bedroom, three bathroom house was built for Barbara DeLeo and her husband, Richard, who both moved into the property in 1969.

Barbara, now 83, ran a local deli while Richard, who has since passed away, was an engineer for Verizon. 

After suffering a stroke two years ago, Barbara decided that after making a lifetime of memories at the home, it was time to downsize and the home is now on the market for $829,000.

‘Everyone calls it the bubblegum house,’ DeLeo said to the New York Post.

The soft pink carpet runs throughout the home including the bedrooms where mahogany furnishings have been installed

The soft pink carpet runs throughout the home including the bedrooms where mahogany furnishings have been installed

One of the homes four bedrooms is decorated in all-white giving the occupier a break from the pink tones

One of the homes four bedrooms is decorated in all-white giving the occupier a break from the pink tones 

The vast expanse of pink carpet gives this room an illusion of space and a give off a comforting atmosphere

The vast expanse of pink carpet gives this room an illusion of space and a give off a comforting atmosphere

Pink beddinng compliments the pink carpet and naturally pink skirting boards and pink mirror in this bedroom

Pink beddinng compliments the pink carpet and naturally pink skirting boards and pink mirror in this bedroom

There's no escaping the pink in this particular; bedroom with the fixtures trimmed in pink including the bedding

There’s no escaping the pink in this particular; bedroom with the fixtures trimmed in pink including the bedding 

A rocking horse in blue distinctly stands out among its pink environment in this bedroom

A rocking horse in blue distinctly stands out among its pink environment in this bedroom 

Another bedroom escaped the pink with a brown-tiled floor and wooden doors

Another bedroom escaped the pink with a brown-tiled floor and wooden doors

The pink stair case stands in the center of the woof paneled pink hallway

The pink stair case stands in the center of the woof paneled pink hallway 

A break from the pink can be had in this kitchen which is made up from blue, grey and black tiles

A break from the pink can be had in this kitchen which is made up from blue, grey and black tiles

A striking ruby red floor sees a departure from the pink, but not for long as pink wall tiles soon make up for it

A striking ruby red floor sees a departure from the pink, but not for long as pink wall tiles soon make up for it

The master bathroom is decorated with marble-style walls, extravagant chandeliers, and bold touches of orange

The master bathroom is decorated with marble-style walls, extravagant chandeliers, and bold touches of orange

A large upstairs bathroom has mirrored walls and a sunken bathtub which was specially designed for the home

A large upstairs bathroom has mirrored walls and a sunken bathtub which was specially designed for the home 

However, she reveals, originally the home wasn’t quite as pink. ‘When I first built the house, the central

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