Thousands sign petition to prevent Bezos from returning to Earth after space travel

Thousands sign petition to prevent Bezos from returning to Earth after space travel

Over 75,000 people have signed a petition to prevent Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos from returning to Earth after he flies to space next month on a reusable rocket made by his space company Blue Origin. Jeff Bezos along side his brother, Mark, and another person, presumably an ultra-wealthy space aficionado who won the bid for the third berth on the spaceship for a whopping $28million, will fly to space on July 20.

The launch of the New Shepard booster, a launch vehicle named after Shepard who made history by becoming the primary American to fly to space, are going to be a landmark moment for US firms striving toward a replacement era of personal commercial spaceflight . While Blue Origin has not divulged its pricing strategy for future trips, a Reuters report in 2018 suggested that the space company was getting to charge passengers a minimum of $200,000 for the ride, supported a market study and other considerations.

But the announcement also prompted a user called “Ric G.” to start out a petition titled ‘Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth’ on, a well-liked US-based petition website. “Billionaire's shouldn't exist...on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter they ought to stay there,” reads the opening statement. The petition, which was started fortnight ago, has received over 75,000 signatures and has become one among the top-signed petitions on the web site .

Those signing the petition have their own reasons to not allow Bezos back on Earth. “Being let back to earth may be a privilege— not a right. If he wants back in he’s gotta work for it,” wrote a user. “Go back whence you came, and don't return unless you're willing to PAY YOUR GODDAMN TAXES!!!” wrote another user.

Earlier in June, Bezos, in an Instagram post, announced that he will visit space along side his brother, a dream he had since was five years old. “To see the world from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It's one Earth. i would like to travel on this flight because it is a thing I've wanted to try to to all my life. It's an adventure, it is a big deal on behalf of me ,” said Bezos within the video.

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