杰夫贝佐斯走了太空。第二天:Blastoff

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只有几个月前,Blue Origin是由Jeff Bezos创立和资助的空间公司,并不是展示它将在2021年7月20日制作历史。但这就是发生的事情。

这是玛丽华莱士Funk去了太空。

哦,是的,是的,蓝色起源和亚马逊创始人杰夫贝斯也在胶囊中,也与18岁的Oliver Daemen,他的第一个支付空间客户。然后,在蓝色之外,Bezos在今天的新Shepard发射时提供了一个空间。向星星派出拜登就职典礼的明星不仅为我们提供了令人难忘的乘客,它将解决贝萨斯的需要描述副血管空间的令人敬畏。

只有几个月前,Blue Origin是由Jeff Bezos创立和资助的空间公司,并不是展示它将在2021年7月20日制作历史。但这就是发生的事情。

这是玛丽华莱士(Wally)Funk去了太空

哦,是的,是的,蓝色起源和亚马逊创始人杰夫贝斯也在胶囊中,也与18岁的Oliver Daemen,他的第一个支付空间客户。和杰夫的兄弟,他称之为“太空中最有趣的人”,这是在西德克萨斯州西德克萨斯州的任何经验丰富的空间记者争夺的恭维。 (他们的证据是由Mike Massimino和Garrett Reisman主办的2个有趣的宇航员播客。)

但是,在向世界上最富有的空间送到空间的同时是一个引人注目的疯狂,而商业空间旅游的出现是一个里程碑,Wally Funk是Sui Generis。在本周在一千名媒体网点中被告知和重现的故事中,在1960年,Funk是原始水星13的一部分,是一群训练成第一个女宇航员。但美国宇航局不会签署该计划,而过去60年来,Funk,专家飞行员和勤奋的航空安全调查人员,占据了宇宙座位拒绝了她。 2010年,她在Richard Branson的VSS Unity上签署了200,000美元的价格,期待了一年十年的处女亚血管学飞行。根据她的约会建造的挫败感从未接近过。然后,在蓝色之外,Bezos在今天的新Shepard发射时提供了一个空间。

正如世界今天学到的那样,她就准备好了。她的同伴员员反复声称,八十名是他们中的最准备和最适合的人,当然今天她的能量很清楚。即使在船员中绑在胶囊中等待着升空的胶囊 - 一个人会原谅一些焦虑的时间 - 她不耐烦地朝着Kármán线紧张。 “我觉得如此指控,”她稍后说。

“我们持续了六分钟,她想知道这么长时间才是什么时候,”贝佐斯说。 “我勒个去!我们正在燃烧日光!“

当然,当新的Shepard飞行并爬到太空中爬上65英里时,她从她的座位中脱离了疯狂的演习。 “哦!我喜欢它!我喜欢它!”她哭了,因为她和她的船员在皮利福卢斯舞蹈团的突变表现中掌握着。

在飞机后新闻发布会期间,她拥有她在舞台上走的那一刻所拥有的房间。 (考虑到房间是“谷仓”,蓝色原产地的设施足以让她身后的新Shepard火箭抱在一起。)而不是像其他人一样漫步到她的座位上,而是搬到了边缘她的舞台和撒上手臂,胜利就像梅根Rapinoe一样大胆。每当她说话时,她都站起来,把麦克风抱在脸上,蓬勃发展了她的评论。群体包括记者,朋友和家人的船员,以及艾伦谢泼德的两个女儿,吃了。

Jeff Bezos很聪明,可以令人愉快地滚动它。虽然大多数人认为这将是几乎完全是他的一天,但他很乐意分享聚光灯。是的,一些蓝色的原产地是一点边缘不知道无情地坦诚和兴高采烈的不可预测的恐惧可能会说。不用担心。自亚历克萨以来,她是Bezos的最佳推广人。 “我一直在等待很长时间进入太空。而且我要感谢你,亲爱的 - 因为你为我做了可能,“她说,拥抱贝奥斯并从人群中唤起更多的掌声。虽然贝奥斯可能永远不承认,但招募她的飞行是一个辉煌的擦拭薄片 - 在理查德布兰森上的脸上的扣篮。布兰森可能先滑入太空。但贝佐斯有沃利!

她的存在是特别欢迎的,因为它填补了贝塞斯的差距,在描述他的航班是多么惊人的缺点时。在若干电视采访中(印刷记者并不受到公司开始销售实际书籍的人),彭博电视的艾米丽张问他是什么空间。他说他没有言语技能来做司法。 “也许我们需要派出诗人,”他建议,“一个更好地描述它的人。”

如今,Funk的能量强调空间。她唯一的投诉是她想要更多。 “我想再次去!”她说。

Funk的Boffo Performance为Bezos的完美日子里面了解。他的公司终于完成了人类飞行的长期目标。就个人而言,他曾生活过他的终身梦想的太空旅行,他最好的朋友和兄弟和他一起。他没有死!虽然他有空间爱好者的耳朵,但他宣布了一种新的慈善努力,他将通过它给予100万美元到与文明解决方案的公民领导人。获奖者,van jones和joséandrés会将面团剥夺到自己最喜欢的原因。

它似乎唯一的挂钩来了,当时·阿什比现在为Blue Origin为Blue Origin而赋予船员的蓝宝石林翅膀,表示他们新赢得了宇航员地位。他难以将奖牌钉在跳衣服上。但在几秒钟之后,这是使命完成的。

Blue Origin今年有前面有两次航班,贝佐斯正在谈论升高生产,所以更多的商业传单可以得到他们的翅膀。他不会在下一个航班上,既不会挥发放大。他今天怎么样?

我可以建议邀请Amanda Gorman吗?向星星派出拜登就职典礼的明星不仅为我们提供了令人难忘的乘客,它将解决贝萨斯的需要描述副血管空间的令人敬畏。



英文译文:

Only a few months ago, Blue Origin, the space company founded and funded by Jeff Bezos, didn’t figure it would be making history on July 20, 2021. But that’s what happened.

It was the day Mary Wallace (Wally) Funk went to space.

Oh, yes, yes, Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was in the capsule, too, along with 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, his first paying space customer. And Jeff’s brother, who he called “the funniest man in space,” a compliment contested by any number of experienced space reporters in West Texas today for the launch. (Their evidence is the 2 Funny Astronauts podcast hosted by Mike Massimino and Garrett Reisman.)

But while sending the world’s richest human to space is a striking gambit, and the advent of commercial space tourism is a milestone, Wally Funk is sui generis. In a story that is being told and retold in a thousand media outlets this week, in 1960, Funk was part of the original Mercury 13, a group trained to become the first female astronauts. But NASA would not sign on to the program, and for the past 60 years, Funk, an expert pilot and a diligent investigator of aviation safety, became obsessed with occupying the spaceship seat denied her. In 2010, she signed up for a $200,000 place aboard Richard Branson’s VSS Unity, expecting a Virgin Galactic suborbital flight sometime that decade. Frustration built as her date never got closer. Then, out of the blue, Bezos offered her a space on today’s New Shepard launch.

As the world learned today, she was more than ready. Her fellow crew members repeatedly claimed that the octogenarian was the most prepared and most fit of the bunch of them, and certainly today her energy was clear to all. Even as the crew was strapped in the capsule awaiting liftoff—a time when one would forgive a bit of anxiety—she was impatiently straining toward the Kármán line. “I felt so charged,” she said later.

“We had a six-minute hold, and she was wondering what was taking so long,” said Bezos. “What the hell! We’re burning daylight!”

Sure enough, when New Shepard took flight and climbed 65 miles to space, she was out of her seat and performing crazy maneuvers. “Ohhh! I love it! I love it!” she cried, as she and her crewmates cavorted in what looked like a mutant performance of the Pilobolus dance troupe.

During the post-flight press conference, she owned the room from the moment she walked on stage. (Considering that the room was “the barn,” a facility on the Blue Origin base big enough to hold the New Shepard rocket behind her, this was saying something.) Instead of strolling to her seat like the others, she moved to the edge of her stage and spread her arms, a victory move as bold as Megan Rapinoe’s. Every time she spoke, she stood up, held the mic to her face and boomed her comment. The crowd, which included reporters, friends and family of the crew, and the two daughters of Alan Shepard, ate it up.

Jeff Bezos was smart enough to delightedly roll with it. While most people assumed this was going to be almost exclusively his day, he was more than happy to share the spotlight. True, some of the Blue Origin people had been a bit on edge not knowing what the relentlessly frank and gleefully unpredictable Funk might say. No worries. She was Bezos’ best promoter since Alexa. “I’ve been waiting a long time to go into space. And I want to thank you, sweetheart—because you made it possible for me,” she said, hugging Bezos and evoking even more applause from the crowd. And though Bezos might never admit it, recruiting her to his flight was a brilliant wipe-that-grin-off-your-face dunk on Richard Branson. Branson might have slithered into space first. But Bezos had Wally!

Her presence was especially welcome because it filled in the gap opened by Bezos’ admitted shortcomings in describing how amazing his flight was. In the first of a number of television interviews (print journalists were not favored by the man whose company started by selling actual books), Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang asked him what space was like for him. He said he didn’t have the verbal skills to do it justice. "Maybe we need to send a poet up,” he suggested, “Someone who would be better at describing it."

Today, Funk’s energy spoke emphatically for space. Her only complaint was that she wanted more. ”I want to go again, fast!” she said.

Funk’s boffo performance capped a perfect day for Bezos. His company had finally accomplished its long-overdue goal of human flight. He, personally, had lived his lifelong dream of space travel, with his best friend and brother alongside him. He hadn’t died! And while he had the ear of space lovers, he announced a new philanthropic effort through which he’d give $100 million to civic leaders who reach solutions with civility. The winners, Van Jones and José Andrés, will divvy out the dough to their own favorite causes.

The only hitch, it seemed, came when Jeff Ashby, a former NASA shuttle pilot now working for Blue Origin, bestowed sapphire-rimmed wings to the crew, signifying their newly won astronaut status. He had trouble pinning the medals on their jumpsuits. But after a few awkward seconds, it was mission accomplished.

Blue Origin is promising two more flights this year, and Bezos is talking about ramping up production so many more commercial flyers can get their wings. He won’t be on the next flight, and neither will Wally Funk. How can he top today?

May I suggest inviting Amanda Gorman? Sending the star of the Biden inauguration to the stars would not only provide us with a memorable passenger, it would resolve Bezos’ need to have poetry describe the awesomeness of suborbital space.



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