Since the Bezos announcement, several petitions have gotten tens of thousands of people. One of them the “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth” petition has 33,000 signatures and says that because he is a billionaire that Bezos should stay in space.
Bezos has not commented on the petitions. And he claims to be excited about his journey and posted a video on Instagram.
“If you see the Earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s one Earth,” Bezos said.
Battle of the billionaires
Elon Musk continues to lead the pack of space billionaires. SpaceX was the first private company to transport astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). And they were the first company in the world to pioneer reusable rockets. Musk has still not announced any personal space travel plans. But SpaceX in partnership with NASA launches both manned and unmanned missions every month.
Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group, has his own space program in development. The Virgin Galactic firm touts its reusable spacecraft being planned for commercial space travel. Branson says he will be onboard one of Virgin Galactic’s upcoming flights.