Jeff Bezos Space Flight: Almost 165K People Sign Petition for the Amazon Founder Not to Return to Earth

by Megan Molseed

Jeff Bezos, founder, and CEO of online retail giant Amazon launched into space this morning. And not long after, a new petition began to circulate.

The petition entitled “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to earth” showed up early this morning. And by the time the Amazon CEO was launched upward towards the stars, the effort had collected almost 165 thousand signatures.

“Billionaires should not exist…on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter, they should stay there,” noted the petition’s home page.

The petition, which appeared on Tuesday morning, is well on its way to becoming one of the website’s top positions. A feat the petition will complete by the time collects 200,000 signatures.

The humorous suggestion that Bezos remains in orbit is the second of its kind since the billionaire announced his plans to man one of the first commercial flights to space.

Another petition titled “Petition To Not Allow Jeff Bezos Re-Entry To Earth” garnered 200,000 signatures in June.

A Historic Flight For Jeff Bezos and Crew

The flight, which blasted the billionaire into space Tuesday was a product of the Bezos company Blue Origin’s effort to be one of the first to launch a commercial flight into space.

Bezos, who currently holds the title as the world’s richest person, manned the flight along with three crewmates.

Other crew members on the historic flight included Mark Bezos, the business mogul’s brother. The flight also included the oldest person to ever fly into space, 82-year-old Wally Funk, as well as the youngest person, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen. Funk completed astronaut training in the 1960s but never had the opportunity to travel into space. Daeman landed a spot on the flight as Blue Origin’s spacecraft “The New Shepard’s” first paying passenger.

The New Shepard’s flight into space lasted about 11 minutes from launch to landing. At its peak moment, the spaceship reached a top altitude of nearly 67 miles into the air. At this point, the flight’s passengers were able to experience about 3 minutes of weightlessness during the adventure.

Racing To Be the First

Bezos is the second person to fly on a personally owned spacecraft. The Amazon CEO was narrowly beaten to the edge of space by Richard Branson earlier this month. Branson blasted into space aboard his own Virgin Galactic flight on July 11.

Prior to this morning’s launch, Jeff Bezos’s New Shepard completed a total of 15 test flights. This morning’s launch was the first to included passengers.

“This is so much better than anything we could have ever imagined,” noted Blue Origin executive Ariane Cornell while watching the flight. Cornell also noted that, as of now, there are two more flights planned in 2021. And, if you can afford the hefty price tag, they are are currently available for purchase.