Well, folks, big Jeff is back! That’s right, the multi-million dollar or realistically probably multi-billion-dollar space flight returned safely to Earth this morning with all crew members on board. If you read our coverage yesterday you’ll know that flight included Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen, and Wally Funk. And while we all stayed back here on Earth, the internet had a few things to say, let’s get into it.
First things first, time to poke some fun at Mr. Amazon. Hint it didn’t, the landing went super smoothly with both a soft landing for the crew and a successful return of the reusable New Shepard booster.
Bezos better hope his space ship doesn’t get stolen by porch pirates when it returns to earth.
— matt blaze (@mattblaze) July 20, 2021
Wanna see how that landing went? We got you.
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 20, 2021
Here’s the booster returning too.
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Then of course a very appropriate and necessary burn from none other than Elizabeth Warren herself. Jeff might need some of that ice-cold space air to recover from that one.
Jeff Bezos forgot to thank all the hardworking Americans who actually paid taxes to keep this country running while he and Amazon paid nothing. https://t.co/tjOeCWbUA8
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 20, 2021
Need to have that burn put into perspective? Here ya go.
Jeff Bezos’s space flight lasted 11 minutes. On average he has gotten $1.6 million richer every 11 minutes in the pandemic.
An Amazon warehouse employee could work 50 years and still wouldn’t make $1.6 million. And they get no paid sick leave in a pandemic.
— Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) July 20, 2021
We all know Jeff doesn’t feel the heat of these tweets but if he wanted to catch a little breeze of space air it wouldn’t have been too hard. Because the New Shepard capsule has the largest windows ever built into a spacecraft. You can see them and the crew happily floating around in this short video.
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) July 20, 2021
While that design aspect is pretty cool, one user pointed out that some other things could have used a double-take.
jeff bezos’s rocket looks a lil…. nvm pic.twitter.com/az6E7hiA0D
— matt (@mattxiv) July 20, 2021
Look! There it is!
Congrats! Jeff Bezos’s rocket has been spotted on our radar. pic.twitter.com/LOox0e5JKt
— The Mossad: The Social Media Account (@TheMossadIL) July 20, 2021
Oh, wait, need another hot take? Well here’s one for you. And if you’re thinking the name sounds familiar it’s because New Shepard is named after Alan Shepard. Not sure who he is? He was the second man and the first American to travel to space.
Not really sure what the big deal is about Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, spending about 15 minutes in not-quite-high-enough-to be-space, when government employee Alan Shepard did the exact same thing 60 years ago.
— Joe Nocera (@opinion_joe) July 20, 2021
Honestly, all of the tweets of people congratulating Jeff Bezos on his flight are the same. So here’s some OG content.
“Bezos and crew have safely returned to Earth after—“ pic.twitter.com/tQE7QCARDK
— bony king (@MilesKlee) July 20, 2021
Another one and we’ll say Wally Funk is a lot more than an adorable old woman. In case you don’t know, she was denied space travel in the ’60s so Wally is the real winner in all this. Beyond that, she has set all sorts of records in aviation history including being the first female air safety investigator for the NTSB, the first female civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the first female Federal Aviation Agency inspector.
the smartest thing jeff michelle bezos ever did was take that adorable old woman up to space with him so we wouldn’t even be able to fully celebrate if the ship exploded
— 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗯 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻 (@calebsaysthings) July 20, 2021
We’ll leave you with this.
Don’t we kind of want Bezos to live on another planet?
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) July 20, 2021
It’s a mixed bag of reactions but you know what the general consensus is. We’ll be curious to see what niche thing the billionaires decide to get into next. Maybe they’ll try to go to the bottom of the ocean? Or maybe they’ll opt for mining asteroids. Start placing your bets folks. Have a great day!