Glen de Vries, an executive in software. traveled to space last monthWith William ShatnerHe died in an accident involving a small aircraft in New Jersey on Thursday. He was 49.

De Vries was travelingFederal Aviation Administration records show that the Cessna 172, a single engine, crashed into a densely wooded area in New Jersey near Hampton Township.

Thomas P. Fischer was 54 and the sole other person aboard the plane. New Jersey State Police reported that Fischer also lost his life in the plane crash. told ABC News.

De Vries blast to the edge last month on board a Blue OriginShatner and Chris Boshuizen co-founded a satellite business, while Audrey Powers was a Blue Origin executive.

De Vries was reunited with Earth upon his return. told The Guardian the experience “was more beautiful and more dazzling and more frightening than I ever imagined.”

His alma mater Carnegie Melon University was also affected by the trip. in an interview.

“There’s such a stark contrast between Earth and space and that line where we all live in between is frighteningly small,” he said. “I know climate change is a huge problem, but the view made strikingly clear: If we really want Earth to be beautiful the way that we as humans can live on it and enjoy it, we need to start thinking about preserving the environment urgently.”

Blue Origin offered condolences in a statement Friday.

“We are devastated to hear of the sudden passing of Glen de Vries,” the company said. “He brought so much life and energy to the entire Blue Origin team and to his fellow crewmates. His passion for aviation, his charitable work, and his dedication to his craft will long be revered and admired.”


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