Story at a glance

  • Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen and 82-year-old space pioneer Wally Funk were launched into space on Tuesday.
  • Daemen and Funk became the youngest and oldest people to enter space, respectively.
  • During their four minutes of weightlessness, the four-person crew was eating Skittles and doing somersaults.

Jeff Bezos and a crew of three others — his 53-year-old brother Mark Bezos, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen and 82-year-old space pioneer Wally Funk — spent their four minutes in space eating Skittles, doing somersaults and taking in the view.

The four-person crew was launched into space on Tuesday on the New Shephard capsule of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. Daemen became the youngest person to enter space, while Funk became the oldest.

During the four minutes the crew experienced weightlessness, Bezos took out a bag of Skittles and tossed one into Daemen’s mouth before passing him the bag.

“Well done! Here, see if you can toss me one!” Bezos said.


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The crew can be seen on video doing somersaults and tossing ping pong balls they brought with them. At one point, the Bezos brothers face their palms to the camera to reveal the message, “Hi mom,” written on them.

The unbelievable views weren’t ignored though.

“Is it everything you thought it would be?” one of the Bezos brothers asked Funk. “Fantastic!” she replied.


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Published on Jul 21, 2021