More than 185,000 people have signed petitions to stop Jeff Bezos from returning to Earth
July 20, 2021·2 min read
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin continues to test its New Shepard reusable rocket. Like Elon Musk's SpaceX, the rocket is reusable, and designed to land upright back on Earth after each flight. While the rocket will eventually hold human passengers, the December 11th flight contained only cargo, like postcards that will be stamped that they have been in space.
Jeff Bezos is set to launch aboard the New Shepard rocket on July 20. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images; Blue Origin
Petitions to stop Jeff Bezos' Earth reentry collected more than 185,000 signatures combined.
The one with the most signatures is titled "Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth."
Bezos is set to fly to the edge of space on Tuesday for Blue Origin's first human flight.
More than 185,000 people have signed petitions calling to stop Jeff Bezos from returning to Earth after he blasts into space
Three days after Bezos' announcement, two petitions launched to try to prevent the billionaire's reentry to Earth.
More than 163,000 people have signed a Change.org petition
titled "Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth."
"Billionaires should not exist ... on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter they should stay there," the petition's description said.
Some signatories gave a reason for signing the petition, which included comments such as "being let back into Earth is a privilege - not a right," and "Earth don't want people like Jeff, Bill, Elon and other such billionaires." This appears to be a reference to Bill Gates and Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX.
, called "Petition To Not Allow Jeff Bezos Re-Entry To Earth," has accumulated more than 22,000 signatures.
Jose Ortiz, who set up the petition, said in the description that Bezos was "an evil overlord hellbent on global domination."
"The fate of humanity is in your hands," Ortiz also wrote.
Both petitions had been seeking 25,000 to 50,000 signatures, which would make them two of the top-signed petitions on Change.org, according to the website.
Bezos is taking a flight to the edge of space
in New Shepard alongside his brother, as well as an 82-year-old aviator called Wally Funk
and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen
from the Netherlands. They'll be strapped into a dome-shaped capsule, which sits on top of the rocket booster.
Once New Shepard reaches the Kármán line - an imaginary boundary 100 kilometers, or 62 miles, above the Earth's surface - the capsule is designed to separate from the booster, reenter the atmosphere, and float back down to Earth with the help of parachutes.
"I want to go on this flight because it's a thing I wanted to do all my life," Bezos said in a video posted to Instagram
on June 7. "It's an adventure - it's a big deal for me."