Jeff Bezos has announced that he will fly to space with his brother on July 20. The former Amazon CEO will be among the passengers on Blue Origin's first passenger flight. Blue Origin's reusable suborbital rocket system, called New Shepard, will take its first astronaut crew to space with Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos, as well as the winner of the online auction for the seat. Blue Origin is an aerospace company founded by Bezos himself in 2000.
Bezos made the announcement on Instagram where he shared a short clip explaining to his followers why he made the decision to fly into space. He says that traveling in space has been his dream since the age of five and on July 20, he will do so with his brother Mark. "To see Earth from space, it changes you, it changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It's an Earth," Bezos says in the video.
blue origin The New Shepard Suborbital Rocket System will make its first passenger flight into space on July 20. The crew on the ship, Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, and will be the highest bidder for the last seat. Blue Origin has been running an online auction for the seat since May 5 and it was a sealed online bidding system till May 19. Now, the no-sealed bidding phase is live till June 10, with the highest bid of $2.88 million (approximately Rs 20.96 crore) at the time of writing.
New Shepard will launch on July 20, reach the Karma line at 100 km mean sea level, and then descend back to Earth in 10 minutes.
according to blue origin Website, the bid amount will be donated to Club for the Future - a Blue Origin Foundation. It aims to "inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space."