A Change.org petition demanding Amazon founder Jeff Bezos not return to Earth has surpassed 165,000 signatures.
“Billionaires should not exist … on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter, they should stay there,” the description of the petition addressed to “The Proletariat” reads. (RELATED: Petition To Ban Jeff Bezos From Returning To Earth Gains Traction Online)
The crew comprised of Bezos, his brother Mark, 18-year-old Joshua Daemen and 82-year-old Wally Funk traveled to space on board the New Shepard. The rocket touched down in the West Texas desert a little over 10 minutes after its launch.
The spaceflight made history not only as the first human flight of the Bezos-founded aerospace manufacturer company Blue Origin, but also as a mission that launched into space the youngest and the oldest astronauts as part of the same crew.
Key Mission Stats from #NSFirstHumanFlight:
Crew capsule apogee: 347,563 ft AGL / 351,210 ft MSL (105 km AGL / 107 km MSL)
Booster apogee: 347,188 ft AGL / 350,835 ft MSL (105 km AGL / 106 km MSL)
Elapsed mission time: 10:10
Max ascent velocity: 2,233 mph (3,595 km/h)
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 20, 2021
Former Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard expressed a similar sentiment in a critical series of tweets Tuesday.
“Bezos, please stay up there. Do the world a favor,” she tweeted.
“The only problem I have with Bezos’ Blue Origin space rocket ship into outer space is that it’s going to come back,” Gabbard followed up an hour later.