Jeff Bezos founder of Amazon and the richest man in the world made his first trip into space aboard his rocket ship called New Shepard which was named after the first American into space Alan Shepard.
He was joined on the flight by Wally Funk who is an 82 year old woman who trained for the American space programme but was never allowed to fly as she was female, together with his brother Mark Bezos and an 18 year old student who became the youngest person to go into space,
The entire trip only lasted 10 minutes and 10 seconds but was enough to experience weightlessness and to see the Earth through the ships windows which were the largest ever flow into space.
Bezos is the second multi billionaire to have gone into space having been beaten to it recently by Richard Branson and said upon his return that he knew who had paid for all the investment in his Blue Origin company which led to the development and funding of the flight.
He gave credit to the poorly paid workers in his Amazon company and all those who had purchased goods and services from his company which had enabled him to fund this vastly expensive project.
I feel proud myself that I have helped fund Mr Bazos as I both buy and sell on Amazon, in fact as an example my latest book The Case of the Grease Monkey’s Uncle which retails on the site for a sum of £4.99 of which I receive the princely sum of 29p.
Should I choose to advertise the book on Amazon there is of course a charge which means that every book that I sell in this fashion is costing me money and is adding to the fund available for Mr Bazos to play with his very expensive toys.
I wouldn’t want you to think I am bitter in any way for I look at it rather more as my effort to fund the arts by selling a book rather than funding a space programme.
As you may have noticed I usually try to finish my posts with a suitable image but refrained from using an photograph of the spacecraft as it looked somewhat like a penis and I wouldn’t have wanted anyone to misinterpret this as a comment on the man, Jeff Bazos.