FIRST LAUNCH SITE, West Texas. The view of Earth from space has obviously had a big impact on the richest inhabitant of the planet.
Billionaire Jeff Bezos flew into suborbital space with three other people on Tuesday (July 20) on first mission with crew ever launched by its space company Blue Origin. He said that he enjoyed rocket flights and flips in microgravity, but what impressed him most, as is usual with astronauts, was the thought-provoking view.
“The most important thing for me was that I looked at the Earth and looked at Atmosphere of earth“, – he said during a press conference after the flight on Tuesday.
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This life-giving shell of air appears large from the ground. “But when you rise above it, you see that it is actually incredibly thin. It is a tiny fragile object, and we damage it as we move around the planet, ”Bezos said, referring to greenhouse gas pollution. “It’s one thing to admit it intellectually. Another thing is to see with your own eyes how fragile it really is. “
Bezos has taken some steps to protect this fragile shell and the rest of our beleaguered planet. For example, last year he announced creation of the Bezos Land Foundationdedicated to the fight changing of the climate and improving resilience, and has pledged $ 10 billion for its launch and launch. And now he intends to start devoting more time to this project – time that was recently freed up after he resigned as CEO of Amazon…
“I’m going to split my time between Blue Origin and Bezos Earth Fund,” Bezos said during today’s press conference. “And there will be a third thing, and maybe a fourth, but I still don’t know what it is. I’m not very good at doing [only] one thing.”
Bezos stressed that Blue Origin’s long-term goals have a strong environmental dimension. In the long term, the company wants to help create a vibrant off-Earth economy in which millions of people live and work in space. Indeed, Blue Origin intends to help remove most of the resource extraction and heavy industry from the planet so that we no longer expose the planet and pollute its soil, air and water.
Making such bold dreams a reality begins with relatively small steps, Bezos says – like today’s first ever crewed launch. New Shepard, the company’s suborbital space travel vehicle.
“We are going to pave the way into space so that our children and their children can build the future. And we need to do this. We need to do this in order to solve problems here on Earth. This is not about escaping, ”Bezos said.
“This is the only good planet in the solar system,” he said. “We sent robotic probes to all of them. I promise you this is the only good probe. Therefore, we must take care of him. And when you go into space and see how fragile it is, you will want to take care of it. more on that. And that’s what we’re talking about. “
Mike Wall is the author of “There“(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate), a book on the quest for alien life. Follow it on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.