Billionaire Jeff Bezos just exploded in space, and his choice of outfit might have shocked you.
The former Amazon CEO took off at 2:12 p.m. BST in his New Shepard rocket, which was built by his own company Blue Origin and has the largest windows of any spacecraft in history.
If you’ve seen the crew take off from a private launch site in Van Horn, TX, you may have noticed that they weren’t wearing spacesuits. Well, not the white garment you’d expect anyway.
Jeff was wearing a much lighter flight suit, and here’s why …
Why didn’t Jeff Bezos wear a spacesuit?
If you’ve seen photos and videos of Jeff Bezos during today’s space launch, you may have noticed that he’s not wearing a space suit.
The billionaire and the rest of his crew instead opted to wear blue flight suits during their 11-minute trip to space.
They’re still full-bodied clothing, but they’re not as tough as regular space suits designed to withstand the harsh environments of space.
If you’re wondering why they weren’t wearing spacesuits, Jeff answered that exact question in an interview with NBC today.
“With the pressurized cabin, it’s redundant; we don’t need to use spacesuits, and we’re going to be like that, ”he said while wearing the flight suit in preparation.
The crew were only in space for 11 minutes and did not actually leave the cabin. So there was no reason for them to wear space suits.
His cowboy hat caught everyone’s attention
It wasn’t just Jeff Bezos’ costume that was a hot topic of conversation, and so was his choice of headgear.
As he led the crew across the gangway to the New Shepard capsule, he wore a cowboy hat.
The Amazon boss is no stranger to his cowboy hat. In fact, he wears it quite often, and that apparently includes when he goes into space.
He couldn’t leave the sand-colored garment behind for the greatest moment of his life, could he?
Everyone on Twitter laughed at the hat, although we don’t yet know if he actually kept it on for the entire flight.
Who are the other passengers?
Jeff Bezos did not make his space trip alone, he was accompanied by three other people.
First, he flew with his younger brother Mark, a former marketing manager and volunteer firefighter who is also director of the Bezos Family Foundation.
The second passenger was an 82-year-old female named Wally Funk. She was one of 13 female pilots who underwent the same tests as NASA’s Mercury 7 astronauts in the 1960s, but never made it to space as only men were allowed to.
Finally, a teenager called Oliver Daemen also joined Jeff on the flight. He is a paying passenger and the cost of his undisclosed ticket must be donated to charity.
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