Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos soared about 66.5 miles (107 km) above the Texas desert aboard his Blue Origin's New Shepard launch vehicle on Tuesday and returned safely to Earth.
"Best day ever," described Bezos, accompanied by the world's oldest and youngest space travelers, kicking up a cloud of dust on the desert floor.
The 57-year-old, wearing a blue flight suit and donning a cowboy hat, was joined by three crewmates for a trip to the edge of space officially lasting 10 minutes and 10 seconds. After landing and exiting the space capsule, Bezos and the other crew members exchanged hugs and popped champagne, spraying each other.
The flight came nine days after Briton Richard Branson was aboard his competing space tourism company Virgin Galactic's successful inaugural suborbital flight from New Mexico.