On Thursday, six people were sent into space by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, including the first from Egypt and Portugal. 

Around 8:58 am local time (13:58 GMT), the New Shepard suborbital rocket launched from Blue’s facility in the west Texas desert. 

The flight included Coby Cotton, co-founder of Dude Perfect; Mario Ferreira, a Portuguese entrepreneur; Vanessa O’Brien, a British-American mountaineer; Clint Kelly III, a technology leader; Sara Sabry, an Egyptian engineer; and Steve Young, a telecommunications executive. 

The Egyptian engineer Sara Sabry, and Portuguese entrepreneur Mario Ferreira were both the first people of their countries to leave Earth.   

Both the rocket and capsule separately returned to the base the latter using giant parachutes completing the mission around 11 minutes after lift-off. 

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