Jeff Bezos will fly on Blue Origin's first crewed rocket to space

Jeff Bezos speaking at the unveiling of the Blue Origin New Shepard system in 2017.

Jeff Bezos is heading to space. Amazon billionaire and founder of the space company blue original said on Monday he will be a traveler In the first crewed flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard on July 20. Bezos will be joined by his brother, Mark Bezos, as well as the winner of the auction for a seat at the rocket launch.

“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos said. Instagram post on Monday. “On July 20, I’ll take that trip with my brother. The biggest adventure, with my best friend.”

Blue Origin is aiming for its first launch of New Shepard with humans on July 20. The New Shepard is a suborbital rocket, which means the journey to space will be brief. The entire experience from launch to landing will last around 10 to 15 minutes.

The journey will begin at the company’s launch facility in West Texas, and after an initial boost, the crew capsule will separate from New Shepard and continue past the Karman Line, which is believed to be the edge of space, at approximately 62 miles (100 kilometers). In height. Passengers will enjoy a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth for a parachute-assisted landing a short distance from the launch pad.

Blue Origin said Monday that auction bids for a seat on the New Shepard are already at $2.8 million, with nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries. The bidding will end with the live auction on June 12.

The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s educational nonprofit, club for the future, which aims to “inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space,” according to the company.

Nerdshala’s Eric Mack contributed to this report.

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