This honor is earned by reaching the highest point on Earth, venturing to the deepest corner of the sea, and soaring into space – Victor Vescovo is the only other person to have completed all three .
Vanessa O’Brien, 57, scaled the summit of Mount Everest in 2012 and two years later the British-American plunged 35,843ft into the Challenger Deep – the deepest known point on Earth’s seabed .
Two other crew members also made history after Thursday’s launch. Sara Sabry and Mário Ferreira who are now the first people of Egyptian and Portuguese descent to go into space.
Clint Kelly III, former member of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Steve Young, former owner of FloridaCoby Cotton, the biggest communication company and YouTube star.
The launch was delayed 20 minutes, leaving the crew to wait anxiously inside the capsule, but when the clock hit “zero” at 9:57 a.m. ET, a loud roar was heard in the desert as New Shepard turned on its seven engines. “God speed Titanium feather,” said a Blue Origin commenter, referring to the name the crew gave themselves.
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Vanessa O’Brien is the first woman to complete the Explorer Extreme Trifecta. She already climbed the summit of Mount Everest in 2012
In 2020, the British-American dived 35,843ft into the Challenger Deep – the deepest known point on Earth’s seabed. The last part of the trifecta goes into space, which she checked off the list
Obrien is the second woman to reach Challenger Deep after astronaut Kathy Sullivan, who was part of O’Brien’s team that ventured into the depths. And Vescovo was the pilot who took her on a mission to reach the deepest point on the planet.
O’Brien grew up in Michigan, USA and moved to London in 1999. She started a career in consumer accounts for many major banking companies such as Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Barclays Bank. But when the recession hit in 2010, she changed her mind – and she quit her job to embark on a journey to complete Explorer’s Extreme Trifecta.
The final part of the honor began when the New Shepherd rocket lifted off from Blue Origin’s facilities in West Texas.
The rocket hit Max Q, the point where atmospheric flight of an aerospace vehicle reaches maximum dynamic pressure, one minute and five seconds after launch as it traveled over 1,600 miles per hour.
Blue Origin’s sixth mission took (left to right) Clint Kelly III, Sara Sabry, Mário Ferreira, Coby Cotton, Steve Young and Vanessa O’Brien into suborbital space
And at two minutes and 31 seconds, the crew’s shiny white capsule separated from the rocket and continued on its way to space.
The capsule hovered for about five minutes as it hovered 62 miles above the surface, then made a proud journey back to Earth.
Three red and white parachutes exited the capsule at eight minutes and 30 seconds, helping the craft return to the ground for a soft landing in the Texas desert.
The New Shepard rocket lifted off at 9:57 a.m. ET, after a 20-minute delay
The crew flew into space and hovered for five minutes before returning to Earth. Blue and white parachutes were released from the capsule to guide it for a smooth landing
The crew can be heard shouting “we’re not going to die” from inside the pod, along with others describing how sweaty they feel from the epic adventure.
The journey only lasted 10 minutes and 27 seconds, but as one Blue Origin reviewer said, “the experience will last a lifetime.”
Today’s mission also marks the 22nd launch of the New Shepard.
The six members received a special challenge coin shortly after arriving at the training center earlier this morning.
The coin represents belonging and achieving something great and is only awarded to astronauts who have successfully completed training and are ready to fly on a spacecraft.
The New Shepherd’s first stage landed safely on the return runway before the (rear) capsule touched down in the Texas desert
The crew can be heard shouting ‘we’re not going to die’ from inside the pod, along with others describing how sweaty they feel from the epic adventure
The team climbed the tower about 30 minutes before launch and each rang an overhead silver bell before going through a tunnel on the way to the launch pod, which above it says ‘light this candle’.
And now, at 10:09 a.m. ET, the crew has completed “one of the most incredible days of their lives.”
Each crew member is now considered an astronaut.
Cotton is known for his YouTube sports channel Dude Perfect which has 57 million subscribers.
The channel was born in 2009 when Cotton and his college roommates, Garrett Hilbert, Tyler Toney, Cody Jones and his brother, Cory Cotton, started posting comedy videos and stuff.
Cotton’s headquarters was sponsored by MoonDAO, which describes itself as “an international collective of people united by the mission of decentralizing access to space research and exploration.”
Sabry, 29, is now the first Egyptian to fly in space. His company Deep Space Initiative works to increase accessibility for space research.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Politecnico di Milano.
And the Sabry headquarters is sponsored by Space for Humanity.
The journey only lasted 10 minutes and 27 seconds, but as one Blue Origin reviewer said, “the experience will last a lifetime.” Today’s mission also marks the 22nd time the New Shepard has been launched
This non-profit organization “serves leaders motivated by a sponsored spaceflight experience to create a profound shift in perspective, so that every citizen astronaut will return with a greater perspective to address our most intractable challenges and their solutions.”
Ferreira, 54, the first person from Portugal to fly in space, is an entrepreneur, investor and chairman of Pluris Investments Group.
According Space.comFerreira spends his free time scuba diving, racing, and participating in a car rally known as the Dakar.
Sabry is now the first person of Portuguese descent, while Cotton could be considered the first YouTube star to visit the final frontier.
Young told DailyMail.com that he paid for his place on the rocket. He is a businessman who lives in Florida. O’Brien made history on Thursday by becoming the first woman to complete the Explorer Extreme Trifecta
O’Brien, 57, also made history on Thursday, as the first woman to complete the Explorers’ extreme trifecta by reaching space.
She has climbed the highest peak on Earth, Mount Everest, and ventured deep into our planet – the Challenger Deep. And now the final part of the trifecta is his journey into space.
Kelly has worked at DARPA since 1984 and is credited with developing the early technologies that ushered in the era of autonomous vehicles.
Kelly (left) is considered the pioneer of technology used in self-driving vehicles. Ferreira is the first person from Portugal to fly in space, is an entrepreneur, investor and chairman of Pluris Investments Group
And Young, 59, who is a paying customer, is known to own Florida’s largest telecommunications contractor, Young’s Communications or Y-com.
Young told DailyMail.com that he sold the business when it was generating $100 million a year and was acquired by Grain Management, which only buys businesses worth between 20 and 150 million dollars.
Young, who lives in Indialantic, also owns Pineapples, a rooftop restaurant, music venue and bar in Eau Gallie, Florida – which he opened shortly before selling Y-com.
NS-22 brings the total number of people carried into space by Blue Origin to 31 since the first liftoff in July 2021 that took Bezos himself to the final frontier.