Jeff Bezos skipped the launch of Blue Origin for the MARS 2022 conference

from Amazon (AMZN) – Get the report from Amazon.com, Inc. The MARS conference is back.

After a two-year layoff due to the pandemic, Amazon’s annual invitational conference on machine learning, automation, robotics and space.

Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been a regular attendee of the event since its inception in 2016, and this year’s event was no different.

In fact, Bezos is so devoted to the conference that he missed the final launch of the Blue Origin shuttle that took Marc and Sharon Hagle, the first married couple to fly on a commercial spacecraft, into suborbital space on Thursday.

The Hagles joined four other tourists on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket that lifted off at 8:57 a.m. CT Thursday. Bezos is normally at the center of Blue Origin launches, but the MARS conference was apparently more important to him.

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The robotic technology on display was impressive, including a seemingly autonomous robot and a jetpack.

William Shatner made an appearance at the conference, detailing his experience last year becoming the first actor to be blasted into space.

Robotic animals were also on display.

While MARS is for elites only, the event has become so popular that Amazon now also offers a version open to the public.

For just $1,500, you can travel to Las Vegas between June 21-24 for re:MARS, the public version of the conference.

The event has only five speakers so far, according to the re:MARS website, including Kevin O’Brien, CEO of geospatial analytics firm Orbital Insight and Jessie Levinson, CTO of autonomous vehicle technology and subsidiary of Amazon, Zoox, among others.

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