Astronaut André Kuipers was pleased to see that eighteen-year-old Dutchman Oliver Daemen made his first tourist space flight on Tuesday.

"This is fantastic for Oliver."

Kuipers followed the flight live.

"That always remains exciting, especially during the launch. Especially when you're in it. The return is also exciting, you just have to hope that the parachutes open."

While viewing the images, Kuipers also thought back to the first time he went to space.

"You know it is reasonably safe, but you still have no idea what exactly is coming. You sit in a chair, the seat belts are fastened and you feel a pleasant tension in your stomach. When you see the black universe and the blue earth, that's beautiful."

He was delighted to see that Daemen's dream has come true.

"I also dreamed of going to space as a child, so for Oliver this is fantastic. I hope he enjoyed it. It was also completely unexpected that he could come along."

Kuipers himself was in space twice.

In 2004 and from 2011 to 2012, he resided on the ISS space station, about 400 kilometers above the Earth's surface.

Until Tuesday's space flight, he was the last Dutchman to have been in space.

Nice to see how Oliver Daemen, after about ten years of dreaming of space (very recognizable) has enjoyed the view and the floating.@OliverDaemen @blueorigin


Authorastro_andreMoment of places14: 01 - 20 July 2021

Daemen is the youngest astronaut ever

Daemen, who met Kuipers as a child, went on a short flight to the edge of the atmosphere on Tuesday.

His craft reached a height of 107 kilometers.

De Brabander thus left the atmosphere and is regarded as the youngest astronaut ever.

He flew with Jeff Bezos, the richest person on Earth.

Bezos' space company Blue Origin wants to sell tourist flights to space.


Oldest and youngest astronaut ever to fly to space with Jeff Bezos