Jeff Bezos is launching himself into space next month. The billionaire founding father of Amazon stated Monday that he will fly to space on the primary crewed flight of the New Shepard, a rocket made by his aerospace firm.
The flight is scheduled for July 20, simply a few weeks after Bezosas Amazon’s CEO. The date additionally marks the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon touchdown.
Bezos additionally stated that his youthful brother, Mark Bezos, will be a part of him on the flight.
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos wrote on Instagram. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
“To see the earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity,” Bezos stated in an accompanying Instagram video. “It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me.”
Mark Bezos stated he was “awestruck” when he was requested to be a part of the flight. “What a remarkable opportunity, not only to have this adventure but to do it with my best friend,” he stated.
The Bezos brothers will be touring to space in a 60-foot rocket capsule that holds six folks. The firm initially deliberate to fill 5 of these seats with educated astronauts.
Last month, Blue Origin introduced it’s auctioning one ticket for a coveted seat aboard the flight. The final day for bidding is June 12. Money from the successful bid will go to a Blue Origin basis that focuses on science, expertise, engineering and math training.
As of Monday morning, bidding had reached $2.eight million.
Bezos, who’s at present the world’s second-richest person, and the remainder of the crew will journey greater than 60 miles above the planet’s floor into suborbital space, the place they’ll expertise weightlessness and see the curvature of Earth earlier than returning. If all goes in accordance to plan, Bezos will beat out fellow space-enthusiast billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson as the primary to journey to space.