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Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, and three other passengers flew on a suborbital mission into space Tuesday morning aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard.

The latest: The four-person crew is safely back on Earth after their flight to space. New Shepard launched Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk and the company's first paying customer, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, on a mission to suborbital space.

  • 9:20 a.m. ET: The New Shepard's parachutes deployed as the capsule descended.
  • 9:19 a.m. ET: The booster that carried the crew up to space successfully landed back on Earth.
  • 9:14 a.m. ET: The rocket's main engine cut off and the crew is now floating weightless within the capsule ahead of their descent back to Earth.
  • 8:43 a.m. ET: The hatch is closed and the crew is strapped in and waiting for launch.
  • 8:38 a.m. ET: The passengers have been seated in their crew capsule and have gone through a series of communications tests with mission control.
  • 8:26 a.m. ET: The Bezos brothers, Daemen and Funk are walked up the tower to get seated in their crew capsule.
  • 8:20 a.m. ET: The passengers are driven out to the launch pad ahead of being loaded into the crew capsule.
  • 8:15 a.m. ET: Blue Origin showed us our first glimpse of the four passengers as they walked out from the company’s astronaut training center to load into a car heading to the launch pad.

Catch up quick: Tuesday's flight is the Blue Origin's first crewed launch and is the culmination of years of work for the company, which is trying to beef up its customer base for these suborbital flights.

The big picture: Bezos is the second billionaire this month to launch into space in his company's own rocket, after Richard Branson completed his own Virgin Galactic suborbital flight on July 11.

Go deeper: Billionaires are the new face of the final frontier

This story is developing and will be updated.

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Oct 26, 2021 - Science

Space industry continues its growth in 2021

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The space industry continued to grow in the third quarter of 2021, according to a new report from the Space Foundation.

Why it matters: The investments will fuel the future of the space industry, which Bank of America says could reach $1.4 trillion by 2030.

Updated 20 mins ago - Economy & Business

Student debt getting in the way of millennial homeownership

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Millennial homeownership is on the rise — but student loan debt is still keeping millions of members of America's largest generation from owning a home.

Why it matters: Buying a house remains the No. 1 way to build wealth in the U.S.

Updated 20 mins ago - World

UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

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