Something important though Is It’s happening here, and it’s all about Bezos. To me, its self-directed inclusion in the passenger manifest of the new Shepard’s first human flight is a kind of boner, and it demands our attention. He is not only the richest man in the world, but probably the smartest. Then whether you approve of his business method or not, he created a strong and innovative company that changed many lives, and he saw opportunities where others did not. Yes, he has been thrilled with space travel since he was a teenager, but his business as an adult demands that we take it seriously when he says he does this work rather than flirting with the human spirit. It is in lifting Human beings. That’s why we can’t write it as a crank when it says that our destiny – because Gaia is sick and can’t deliver the resources to sustain us – is nowhere else in the solar system. When he physically goes to the spaceship, he is putting more than money where the mouth is.

That’s why the so-called competition with Branson, who clearly rotated the schedule of the Virgin Galactic test once heard that Bezos would rise on July 20, is an unwelcome mess for Bezos and company. Blue origin should hang on the high ground. Instead, while publicly congratulating Branson, Blue specifically claimed that Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity achieved an itude of about 50 miles, known by the FAA as space travel, shorter than the “real” space, 62-miles. The crimson line that will cross its crew capsule. “There is not an asterisk next to the names of any of our astronauts.” In a tweet. (For the record, 60 years ago, Alan Shepard’s suburban flight was 116 miles, almost twice as high as the Blue Origin.)

In fact, there is something Really Tomorrow’s Inspirational: Guardian Funk is going into space. I read about his life – an achievement, but with a dark shadow. She was originally the youngest member of Mercury 13, a group of women recruited in 1960 to train astronauts for a private event. Funk supported every test, in some cases more than the performance of male astronauts in Mercury. But when the time came to bring the program to NASA, the government stopped it. The House conducted the hearing, and perhaps the most persuasive witness against the inclusion of women was John Glenn, who testified: “The fact that women are not in the field is a fact of our social system. It can be unwanted. “

Funk never denies. By the time NASA accepted female astronauts, qualifications had changed, so she had no chance of winning a spot. She has spent her life training pilots and investigating aviation disasters for the National Transportation Safety Board. But the hole in his life was his failure to leave the atmosphere. As time went on, she pinned all her hopes on Bresson Unity. She was the first to commit to a 200 200,000 seat on her version of Spaceflight and became one of Virgin Galactic’s most noble customers, regularly traveling thousands of miles to reassure ticket holders that the company still intends to. Keep his promise. It was a rebellion to strip her of Branson and include her in New Shepard’s first human flight, and she can’t wait to hear what she has to say tomorrow after completing a lifelong obsession.

On the other hand, if there is a crimson line for inspiration, Oliver Dimon’s choice as the first paying customer will be less than that. Funk had to wait 60 years for his flight, but the 18-year-old Demon was so lucky that a father who runs a hedge fund called for several million dollars at auction for an open seat. (Blue Origin is sending money to a space-related for-profit.) We don’t know what the sum is, but the original winner’s $ 28 million bid came from an unknown participant, who mysteriously endorsed the flight, citing a timetable dispute. . (Do we really believe that anyone has committed 28 28 million to go into space without checking the lender? More transparency, please. Maybe tell us what the winning underbid was now. Also, when will Blue Origin announce the official price for future customers?) , Starting with two more flights planned for this year?) Damon could be a gorgeous young man, and his father should have a nice descent to buy a seat for his teenage son on the first passenger trip of a private company in his space, but invites his inclusion. A discussion about parenting, safety and privileges that I’m not sure Blue Origin wants to burn.