Blue Origin space tourist Jim Kitchen went into space with the flag of Ukraine
Professor, entrepreneur and world-explorer Jim Kitchen carried with him a Ukrainian flag, as a symbol of support to the country that had been under Russian invasion, during the suborbital spaceflight. On March 31, 2022, Blue Origin successfully launched its fourth crewed space tourism flight.
“So in my passport, I brought both the Ukrainian and American flags, and I released them, just paying my respects to the situation that’s occurring there now and just to let them know that our hearts collectively are with them,” — Mr. Kitchen.
The entrepreneur reportedly brought with him 10 passports, which bear the stamps of his visits to all 193 countries recognized by the UN. Thus, he became the first person to visit all countries of the world and space. One of the passports he carried included Ukrainian stamps on it. He visited Ukraine in 2015.