The landing marked the official end of the first fully-private mission to the orbiting outpost and a turning point in NASA's goal to commercialise the region of space called low Earth orbit.
The Federal Aviation Administration will lead an investigation into the plane crash which caused the death of millionaire Glen de Vries.
Hollywood’s Captain Kirk became the oldest person to ride a rocket, eclipsing the previous record set by a passenger on a similar jaunt on a Bezos spaceship in July by eight years.
William Shatner's voyage to space will last for about 10 minutes. The flight will take the crew just beyond the Karman Line 100 kilometres above the Earth.
The wealthiest man on the planet becomes the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own rocket into space, with the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket reaching an altitude of about 106 kilometres - higher than Richard Branson’s July 11 ride.
The Amazon billionaire seeks to raise trust in his fledgling space tourism business by making a journey outside Earth in a Blue Origin capsule.
The company says the trip will last a total of ten minutes, four of which passengers will spend above the Karman line, that marks the recognised boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space.
Blue Origin argues that NASA has misjudged the risks involved in choosing SpaceX's entirely new launch vehicle.
SpaceX beat Blue Origin and Dynetics to win the contract and become what NASA called its "most trusted private sector partner."
China and Russia are committed to collaborating on lunar colonisation, joining the tier of corporate titans and governments who recognize space is not only the last frontier, but a geopolitical endgame.
A growing number of countries and private companies are developing and expanding their space programs. What does it mean to have so many new actors with extraterrestrial ambitions?
One small step for man and one giant leap for the commercial space industry.
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