Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez planted a kiss on her billionaire beau just moments after he safely returned to Earth this morning following his successful space launch.
The 51-year-old was spotted hugging and kissing her Amazon founder boyfriend soon after he emerged from the capsule in Texas on Tuesday morning.
Bezos, 57, could be seen hugging his mother Jacklyn immediately after stepping from the capsule before then turning to his girlfriend.
Sanchez, who was wearing a $2,600 white Oscar de la Renta minidress and cowboy boots, removed her hat to embrace Bezos.
She then went on to congratulate the others, including Bezos’ brother Mark, teenager Oliver Daemen, who became the youngest person in space, and former NASA trainee Wally Funk, who became the oldest.
At one point, Sanchez – a former TV anchor – could be seen jumping and cheering as Bezos and the others popped champagne.
Lauren Sanchez was spotted hugging and kissing her Amazon founder boyfriend Jeff Bezos soon after he emerged from the capsule in Texas on Tuesday morning
Sanchez, who was wearing a white dress and cowboy boots, was the second person Bezos embraced after the near space mission
Bezos’ children, who he shares with ex-wife MacKenzie Scott, were also there to welcome their father back.
‘Best day ever,’ Bezos said immediately after the capsule touched down on the desert floor at the end of the 10-minute flight.
‘That was incredible, that was unbelievable.’
Wally, who had been waiting nearly 60 years to reach space after NASA canceled its women’s program in the 1960s, yelled: ‘I have waited so long for this!’
Champagne was flowing as the crew left the capsule after being removed by the ground team from Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin.
Bezos emerged from the capsule wearing his cowboy hat.
It was a mission of firsts with Jeff Bezos becoming the wealthiest man to go to space, Funk becoming the oldest and Oliver becoming the youngest astronaut so far.
His New Shepard rocket soared from remote Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which was a date chosen by Bezos specifically for its historical significance.
Sanchez could be seen jumping and cheering as Bezos and the other astronauts popped champagne to celebrate their arrival
The 51-year-old removed her hat to plant a kiss on Bezos after he landed back in Texas on Tuesday
Sanchez then went on to congratulate the others, including Bezos’ brother Mark, teenager Oliver Daemen, who became the youngest person in space, and former NASA trainee Wally Funk, who became the oldest
Bezos could be seen hugging his mother Jacklyn (above) when he first emerged from the capsule before turning to his girlfriend
He kept the date even after Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson moved up his own flight, which meant beating Bezos into space by nine days.
He held fast to it, even as Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson pushed up his own flight from New Mexico in the race for space tourist dollars and beat him to space by nine days.
Unlike Branson’s piloted rocket plane, Bezos’ capsule was automated and required no official staff on board for the up-and-down flight.
Sir Richard Branson tweeted his congratulations to the fellow astronauts after they landed back on Earth.
Blue Origin reached an altitude of about 66 miles, which was more than 10 miles higher than Branson’s July 11 ride.
The 60-foot booster accelerated to Mach 3 or three times the speed of sound to get the capsule high enough, before separating and landing upright.
The passengers had several minutes of weightlessness to float around the spacious white capsule before returning back to Earth.
‘That was incredible, that was unbelievable,’ shouted Bezos in the capsule, adding that ‘I was surprised how easy zero g was, remarkably natural’, with Mark saying it was ‘like swimming’
‘Good Morning astronauts and welcome aboard the RSS First Steps’, was the first message heard from Capcom onoce all four astronauts were strapped into their five point harnesses in the capsule
The crew walked out to the rocket about 45 minutes before launch, stepping into a capsule that has 10 times the volume of the one Alan Shepard used to become the first American in space