Blue Origin NS-16

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NS-16 was a sub-orbital spaceflight mission operated by Blue Origin which flew on 20 July 2021.[1] The mission was the sixteenth flight of the company's New Shepard spacecraft, and its first crewed flight. It carried into space American billionaire and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, pilot and Mercury 13 candidate Wally Funk and Dutch passenger Oliver Daemen. The flight began from Blue Origin's sub-orbital launch site in West Texas.[2][3][4]

NS-16 was the first human spaceflight from the U.S. state of Texas. On this flight Daemen and Funk, who were respectively 18 and 82 years old, became the youngest and oldest people to travel to space.[2][5]

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  1. "Blue Origin successfully sends Jeff Bezos and three others to space and back". The Verge. 20 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Foust, Jeff (20 July 2021). "Blue Origin launches Bezos on first crewed New Shepard flight". SpaceNews. Retrieved 20 Jul 2021.
  3. Burghardt, Thomas (14 January 2021). "Blue Origin tests New Shepard capsule upgrades on NS-14 mission". NASASpaceFlight. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  4. Smith, Marcia (14 April 2021). "Dress Rehearsal Puts Blue Origin Closer to Human Spaceflight". Space Policy Online. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  5. Etherington, Darrell (15 July 2021). "Blue Origin's final passenger for its first human spaceflight will be 18-year-old Oliver Daemen". TechCrunch. Retrieved 15 July 2021.