The Blue Origin Astronaut Village Is Texas-Meets-Space-Age Luxury

by Josh Lanier
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Blue Origin offers anyone with the money the ability to see the Earth from space. But the views from the company’s astronaut village are pretty amazing as well.

Ahead of the company’s most recent launch, which shot 90-year-old William Shatner 63-miles above the planet, Blue Origin showed off its accommodations for the new astronauts. The company launches its rockets from West Texas. The company’s camp is only a few miles away from the launchpad.

The Blue Origin camp comes with campfires, catering, and outdoor barbeques. Each would-be astronaut gets a private, futuristic Airstream trailer. It comes equipped with a walk-in shower, white walls, and flat-screen TV, EuroNews reported. The news outlet has several photos of the camp.

“The astronaut village itself is just 10 minutes away from the launch site, nestled in the beautiful valley of west Texas. It’s built around that fire pit, but each astronaut gets this pretty luxe Airstream,” Arianne Cornell said during the most recent live stream of the Blue Origin launch.

Cornell, Senior Director of Astronaut and Orbital Sales for Blue Origin, said they wanted the camp to fit into its surroundings.

“We wanted to build something that really felt part of this Texas environment,” she said.

Along with the posh trailers, there is an on-site catering team to cook for the astronauts. And there is even a signature cocktail. But it’s not cheap. Though owner Jeff Bezos hasn’t said exactly how much a trip into space will cost. He previously said tickets would range between $200,000-$300,000, Reuters reported in 2018.

William Shatner Says Everyone Should Experience Space Travel

Actor William Shatner recently rocketed through the atmosphere aboard a Blue Origin flight. Though, he was an invited guest and didn’t have to pay for his ticket.

However, he said seeing the planet from that vantage point changed him. And he wants everyone to have the same experience he did.

“Everybody in the world needs to do this,” Shatner told Bezos after he climbed out of the gumdrop-shaped capsule. “To see the blue color rip by — now you’re staring into blackness. It was so moving. This experience has been something unbelievable.”

The Star Trek actor said the experience “overwhelmed” him.

“I am so filled with emotion. It was extraordinary,” he said moments after his return. “I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now — I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much larger than me and life.”

Though the trip left him worried about the fate of the planet. He said he wants others to see the world the way he did to realize they must do more to care for it.

“I wish I had better news and more entertainment and jokes to tell you, but I was moved to tears by what I saw,” Shanter told CNN. “And I come back filled with … overwhelmed by sadness and empathy for this beautiful thing we call Earth.”

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