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Photo: Getty Images

Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin teased the start of ticket sales for its New Shepard rocket on Thursday.

Driving the news: In a video, Jeff Bezos wears a cowboy hat (channeling Kimbal Musk) and drives a Rivian, an electric truck contracted by Amazon, to a New Shepard test flight landing site.

  • "Looks good in there," he's heard saying as he pokes his head into the crew capsule, designed to transport six people.

No details: The promo seems to be designed to collect email addresses and interest, saying details will come next Wednesday.

If you can afford it, a trip on top of a 60-foot rocket will take you above the Earth, at least 62 miles high, where you'll feel weightlessness for a few minutes before returning back to Earth.

Watch out: Bezos' biggest competitor will be Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, which saw its share price fall more than 3% after the New Shepard video posted.

  • Early tickets for Virgin Galactic were about $250,000. The company has said that prices will be going up.

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CDC says fully vaccinated people don't have to wear masks indoors

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Erin Clark-Pool/Getty Images

The CDC announced in new guidance Thursday that anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, regardless of crowd size.

What they're saying: "If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will say at a White House press briefing.

Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid hackers nearly $5 million in ransom

Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Colonial Pipeline paid hackers linked to the DarkSide cybercrime group nearly $5 million in cryptocurrency after last week's ransomware attack, Bloomberg first reported and the New York Times confirmed.

Why it matters: The breach of the largest refined fuels pipeline in the U.S. triggered new concerns about the vulnerability of the country's increasingly digitized energy systems.

Biden warns gas stations not to price gouge: "That's not who we are"

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday warned gas companies to not price gouge amid major shortages following the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.

The big picture: Biden added that the FBI does not believe the Russian government is behind the attack, but they do know that those responsible "are living in Russia."

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