Jeff Bezos said he was reminded of how “tiny” and “fragile” Earth is when he soared to space on his company Blue Origin’s first commercial flight on Tuesday.
“When you get up and there you see it, you see how tiny it is and how fragile it is,” the 57-year-old world’s richest man told MSNBC after returning from his trip to the edge of space.
“We need to take all heavy industry, all polluting industry and move it into space, and keep Earth as this beautiful gem of a planet that it is. That’s going to take decades and decades but you have to start,” he continued.
The Amazon founder was joined by three crewmates for the journey on the New Shepard rocket from West Texas.
The mission lasted about 10 minutes and 20 seconds, taking the crew of four about 66.5 miles above the Earth and allowing them to experience a few minutes of weightlessness.
Bezos was accompanied on the trip by his 53-year-old younger brother, Mark Bezos.
“It just meant a tremendous amount to me … in being there to celebrate a lifelong dream come true,” Mark told MSNBC.
The Bezos brothers were also joined on the trip by 18-year-old recent high school graduate, Oliver Daemen, and 82-year-old space pioneer, Wally Funk.
Daemen and Funk made history as the youngest and oldest to complete the journey to space.
The flight came nine days after another billionaire, Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson, took off in his competing space travel company’s rocket from New Mexico.