Elon Musk ends 15-year feud to wish space rival Jeff Bezos luck on rocket launch

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They may have fought tooth and nail to reach their destination, but Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk were all smiles ahead of the Amazon founder's lunchtime voyage into space.

The Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder whose rival project is also vying to explore space tourism tweeted a friendly message ahead of Bezos' launch at around 2pm today.

Musk tweeted late last night (US time): "Best of luck tomorrow!"

Bezos will travel some 50 miles into near-space alongside his brother Mark, 18-year-old student Oliver Daemen and 82-year-old ex-pilot Wally Funk, who will become the oldest person ever to travel to space.

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The four will enjoy an 11-minute expedition into the outer atmosphere aboard the Blue Origin spaceship with the biggest windows ever flown into space.

Bezos told CBS News yesterday he wasn't feeling nervous before the death-defying adventure.

He said: "People keep asking me if I'm nervous. I'm not really nervous, I'm curious.

"I want to know what we're going to learn.

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"We're in zero-g for around four minutes, and we get to get out of our seats, unstrap, float around, look at the thin limb of the Earth's atmosphere.

"The views are going to be terrific, the zero-g will be an unusual experience that you really can't get in any good way on Earth.”

Bezos's trip follows Richard Branson's journey into space last week, which saw the Virgin founder and billionaire spend 90 minutes travelling 100km upwards in a Virgin Galactic space plane.

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Elon Musk has no clear plans to travel to space himself, reserving a seat on a Virgin Galactic suborbital flight for $10k (£7.2k).

Musk and Bezos have both voiced a desire to fight climate change by moving humans off the earth.

But they disagree about where we ought to call home, with Bezos preferring the moon and Musk set on Mars.

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When Bezos was 18 he expressed a desire to colonise space with hotels and theme parks.

The Amazon founder told the Miami Herald in 1982 he wanted "to build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts and colonies for two or three million people orbiting around the Earth."

The audacious scale of Bezos's ambition will finally be tested today when his New Shepard spaceship takes off from his private launchpad.

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  • Amazon
  • Spacex
  • Elon Musk
  • Mars
  • Jeff Bezos
  • Space

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