Bezos’ space company will make its first tourist trip to space on July 20
Jeff Bezos is going to space, and he’s taking his brother with him.
Amazon CEO announced the news via a video on instagram (Below). In this he says that he and his brother Mark will launch into space on July 20 on a rocket made by Bezos’ space company Blue Origin. The firm announced in May that it would target this date for the first crewed flight, but did not say whether Bezos himself would participate.
In an Instagram video, Bezos says traveling in space has been a lifelong dream for him, and it would be “meaningful” to take his brother along for the ride.
“You look at the earth from space and it transforms you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s an Earth,” says Bezos. “I want to go on this flight because that’s something I’ve wanted to do for the rest of my life. It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me.”
The Bezos brothers will fly to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin’s reusable rocket New Shepard. Above the booster is a gumdrop-shaped crew capsule with room for six passengers inside and large windows.
The rocket will separate from Earth, and once it reaches the Karmann Line, 100 kilometers above sea level, the capsule will separate from the booster, allowing people inside to see the Earth’s curvature and experience weightlessness. The booster and capsule will then separate with the help of a parachute landing the capsule in the West Texas desert.
Apart from Jeff and Mark Bezos, a seat on the flight will be claimed by the winning bidder of the ongoing online auction. The auction ends on June 12 and currently has a high bid of $2,800,000. It sounds expensive, but forget about the experience of going to space: the winner will also have 10 minutes to bow the ears of the richest man on Earth.