In 1973, the Steve Miller band released a song titled, "Some People Call Me a Space Cowboy".
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Yesterday, ANOTHER space cowboy went into space, when the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, took a flight on his Blue Origin spacecraft.
Pairing his spacesuit with a cowboy hat, an exuberant Bezos climbed out of the capsule to embrace his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, with the buzzing crowd popping champagne bottles in celebration.
He was followed out of the aircraft by his younger brother, 53-year-old Mark Bezos, whom he invited on the trip.
The Bezos brothers were joined on the out-of-this-world trip by Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old recent high school graduate from the Netherlands, and 82-year-old space pioneer Wally Funk — who made history becoming the youngest and oldest to ever soar into space.
Bezos was the second billionaire to take a private flight into space. Richard Branson did the same thing last week.
On 11 July 2021, Branson travelled as a passenger onboard Virgin Galactic Unity 22 at the edge of space, a suborbital test flight for his spaceflight company Virgin Galactic. The mission lasted approximately one hour, reaching a peak altitude of 53.5 miles (86.1 km). At 71, Branson is the third oldest person to fly to space. He trails John Glenn who flew on STS-95 at the age of 77, and Wally Funk, who flew on Blue Origin NS-16 at the age of 82
Not coincidentally, it was 52 years ago today that Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon.
Roughly 6% of the American public thinks the moon landing was faked.
At this point, the trips into space are strictly ego trips, but the New York Post pointed out this morning that they can actually be PROFITABLE in the near future.
As Glenn Reynolds wrote in his recent book, “America’s New Destiny in Space,” we’re now in the third phase of human spaceflight. In the first “visionary” phase, people wrote, planned and dreamed, but only small rockets, a la Robert Goddard’s, got off the ground. In the second, “command economy” phase, governments got involved and built spaceships, space stations and moon rockets.
The command economy phase proved the visionaries right about what could be done, but it was very expensive. (The moon program cost $100 bill in today's dollars) .When the political reasons for going into space shrank, so did the budgets.
But now Bezos, along with fellow billionaires Elon Musk of SpaceX and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic, and other companies like RocketLab and Sierra Nevada, are moving us into the third phase: the sustainable phase. That’s when spaceflight generates enough revenue to pay for itself.