More than 127,793 netizens have signed petitions asking to stop Jeff Bezos from returning to Earth after his space visit next month. The founder of the space exploration firm Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, had announced earlier in June that he and his brother named Mark Bezos will be going into space aboard his company’s New Shepard rocket on July 20 in its first flight carrying people.
Three days into his announcement, two petitions were filed to prevent Jeff Bezos from returning to Earth. Every single launched petition at present has thousands of followers. A change.org petition named “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth.” was signed by 37,000 people. The petition’s description reads as “Billionaire’s should not exist on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter, they should stay there.”
Jose Ortiz set up a petition titled “Petition To Not Allow Jeff Bezos Re-Entry To Earth,” which has over 19000 signatures now says that Bezos is an evil overlord hellbent on global domination and added that the fate of humanity lies in our hands. Change.org noted that both these petitions seek 25,000 to 50,000 signatures, making them two of the top-signed petitions on the website.
Some comments justifying the petition included that being let back into Earth is not a right but a privilege. Others said that Earth doesn’t want Jeff, Bill, Elon, and other similar billionaires.
Bezos intends to take an 11-minute flight in New Shephard with his brother and an unnamed Auction winner to the edge of space in New Shepard. The anonymous person won the auction by paying $28m to occupy their seat. The passengers will be strapped into a dome-shaped capsule present on top of the rocket booster. New Shepard starts his flight with Kármán Line’s destination, an imaginary boundary that lies just 100 kilometers or 62 miles above the Earth’s surface. The capsule is made to separate from the booster, re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere, and float back down to Earth using parachutes.
In an Instagram video that he posted on June 7, Jeff Bezos said that he has wanted to go on this flight for an extended period, and it’s an adventure plus a big deal for him.