Bezos: Critics of billionaires' 'joyrides' to space 'largely right'

Bezos: Critics of billionaires' 'joyrides' to space 'largely right'

Amazon founder Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosAmazon employees petition company to investigate allegations of discrimination The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel The Hill's Morning Report - Infrastructure vote fails; partisan feud erupts over Jan. 6 panel MORE says critics are right to complain about billionaires taking taking “joy rides" into space a day before his own trip into orbit.

During an appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” host Rachel Crone asked Bezos about the criticism that he and other billionaires are going to space to escape the problems of Earth. 

Bezos answered by saying he agrees with the criticism and that people need to also focus on earthly problems.

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“Well, I say they’re largely right. We have to do both,” Bezos said. “We have lots of problems here and now on Earth and we need to work on those, and we always need to look to the future. We’ve always done that as a species, as a civilization. We have to do both.”

The remarks were reported earlier by Mediaite.

Bezos implied that his space company’s mission is to practice operational space travel, which can lead to it being comparable to airline travel in the future.

Bezos’s Blue Origin New Shepard Mission is set to launch in Texas on Tuesday, on the same day of the famed moon landing by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. 

Blue Origin’s launch follows Virgin Atlantic’s own space launch on July 11, when Richard Branson beat out Bezos to become the first billionaire to go into space.