As of Tuesday morning, nearly 165,000 people have signed a petition to keep former Amazon CEO and current Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, the world’s wealthiest man, in space.
Bezos went up in the sky on Tuesday for an eleven-minute flight roughly 60 miles above earth aboard the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company, Blue Origin. “Riding alongside the multibillionaire were Bezos’ brother, Mark Bezos; Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pilot and one of the ‘Mercury 13’ women who trained to go to space in the 20th century but never got to fly; and an 18-year old recent high school graduate named Oliver Daemen who was Blue Origin’s first paying customer and whose father, an investor, purchased his ticket,” CNN reported.
The petition, titled, “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth,” stated, “Billionaires should not exist…on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter, they should stay there.”
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