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New Shepard

Experiencing weightlessness sounds cool and all, but going to space isn't gonna come cheap


WASHINGTON (CIRCA via MOBIUS.LAB) — Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin (and Amazon) founder, and Richard Branson, of Virgin Galactic, have a lot in common.

Both are billionaires who have launched rocket companies and both are on a quest to successfully take tourists into suborbital space, known as the Kármán line, 62 miles from the ground.

Passengers will encounter weightlessness for about five minutes and have the same experience as astronaut Alan Shepard in 1961, hence the name New Shepard for Bezos' rocket.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is already selling tickets at $250,000 for a suborbital ride on its space vehicle launched by a carrier craft, WhiteKnightTwo.

Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson poses with SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, during the unveiling in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Blue Origin's New Shepard will launch a traditional rocket with a detachable capsule that will descend using three parachutes.

New Shepard and SpaceshipTwo plan to begin space tours this year.

The future is here and soon we could be taking trips to the moon!

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