Space & Astronomy
Jeff Bezos himself will fly to space next month
By T.K. Randall
June 8, 2021 · 17 comments
Bezos is heading to the edge of space next month. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 Daniel Oberhaus
The Amazon founder and his brother will be aboard the first human flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard.
On July 20th of this year - 52 years after the launch of Apollo 11 - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin will be launching, for the first time, six passengers in its crewed New Shepard suborbital spaceship.
Among those on-board will be Jeff Bezos himself - fulfilling his life-long dream of flying into space - as well as his brother, who has described this as a 'remarkable opportunity'.
The fact that the Amazon founder will be taking part in the flight demonstrates his confidence in the technology and in the success of the mission.
"On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother," he wrote on Instagram.
"The greatest adventure, with my best friend."
The flight will happen just two weeks after Bezos plans to step down as Amazon's CEO.
One of the other available seats aboard the flight is currently up for auction with a high bid of $2.8M.
If everything goes to plan, the venture will kick-start a whole new era of space tourism.
Source: BBC News
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