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Newsreaders can’t stop laughing at the shape of Jeff Bezos’ rocket


Australian newsreaders couldn’t stop laughing at Blue Origin’s impressively shaped rocket (YouTube/Nine Network)

Jeff Bezos is less than a month away from climbing aboard a Blue Origin rocket and blasting off into space.

The billionaire founder of Amazon has announced he will personally fly aboard the firm’s flagship spacecraft, the New Shepard, alongside his brother and the winner of an anonymous online auction.

Despite the incredible engineering achievement of the New Shepard, many onlookers are more concerned with the shape of the rocket.

While most rockets are pretty phallic-looking to begin with, the New Shepard distinctly resembles what you might call a Prime member.

Australian newsreaders Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon on Australia’s Today Show couldn’t keep a straight face when delivering news of the upcoming flight.

Jeff Bezos will be flying into space next month (Credits: AP)

‘Do you know what they call that?’ Stefanovic asks at one point during the broadcast.

And while Langdon tells him to ‘grow up’, the feeling is clearly infectious because the rest of the crew and reporter Alison Piotrowski struggle to contain the giggles as they deliver the report.

The segment actually aired back on June 8, but as more details on the flight continue to emerge, the clip has picked up steam online. Over 500,000 people have now viewed the clip on YouTube.

It goes without saying, the internet picked up the joke quite some time ago.

The capsule at the tip of the rocket shaft features six observation windows Blue Origin says are nearly three times as tall as those on a Boeing Co 747 jetliner.

It’s also got all the mod-cons, including microphones and push-to-talk buttons for the six seats, wall panels to muffle engine noise, a safety-alert system, and temperature and humidity controls to keep passengers comfortable and the big windows free of fog.

A look inside the capsule (Blue Origin)

The space penis rocket itself is powered by an oxygen-rich liquefied-natural-gas-fueled staged-combustion rocket engine.

Blue Origin, whose Latin motto means ‘step by step, ferociously,’ is working towards making civilian space flight an important niche in the global space economy.

The company, founded by Bezos in the year 2000, also runs satellite services and government exploration projects worth over $300 billion a year.


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