The world’s richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has reached space in a rocket shaped like a penis.
He became the second billionaire astronaut after Richard Branson achieved space flight in his Virgin Galactic Unity 22 craft on July 11.
However, two of Bezos’ crew did manage to set records. He was accompanied by his brother, Mark Bezos, but also 82-year-old female space pioneer Wally Funk and an 18-year-old student, Oliver Daemon, who respectively became the oldest- and youngest-ever astronauts.
They also got to view Earth through the biggest windows ever flown in space.
Unlike the Unity 22, Bezos’s New Shephard rocket is fully automated, has no crew and is shaped like a penis.
It lifted off at 09:12 EDT from a private launch site near the aptly-named Van Horn in Texas, before the capsule parachuted down to the West Texas desert 11 minutes later.
After touchdown, Bezos said: ‘Astronaut Bezos [his callsign]: Best day ever!’
Not quite ‘One small step for man’, is it?