Tomorrow, Jeff Bezos will go down in history as the second billionaire in the world to touch space as he gears up with his crew for Blue Origin’s upcoming flight to the edge of space.
However, Elon Musk doesn’t seem too impressed with it, as he was spotted responding ‘Haha’ on a meme talking about Bezos’s space journey being only suborbital.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 17, 2021
The meme was based on the Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones Anakin-Padme conversation — a format that has gained quite the popularity recently. However, in this meme, Anakin’s face has been superimposed by Bezos’s smiling face, followed by Padme’s face being superimposed by Musk.
For text, Bezos is seen saying, “I’m going to space!” to which Padme-Musk is asking Bezos, “Orbital, right?” to which Bezos is seen smirking followed by Musk asking the same question a little more worryingly, “Orbital, right?” hinting that Bezos’s trip, much like Virgin Galactic’s space journey, is going to be a sub-orbital one.
What does suborbital mean?
The suborbital journey means that Bezos’s spacecraft would only touch the edge of the space — the imaginary Karman line that’s 62 miles above sea level that is often referred to as the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space — and come back to Earth, unlike SpaceX’s spacecraft which have entered orbits (a way more challenging feat) as we’ve seen with the multiple successful manned and cargo missions that SpaceX has conducted over the past year.
Bezos’s space company Blue Origin is launching its NewShepard spacecraft on July 20, which would have onboard the world’s richest man, along with his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year old aviator Wally Funk and an 18-year old physics student Oliver Daeman.
Musk and Bezos haven’t had the best of relationships, with Musk mocking Bezos’s space endeavours countless times, calling its spacecraft copy cat and even making fun of Blue Origin’s Lunar Lander calling it, “blue balls”, due to its spherical nature.
The two space companies have also been competing over a NASA contract which was eventually awarded to SpaceX.
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