Jeff Bezos will go to space on July 20. (Photo: The Canadian Press)
Jeff Bezos will be aboard Blue Origin’s first manned space flight next month.
In an Instagram post on Monday morning, Mr Bezos said he, his brother and the winner of an ongoing auction will be aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft when it takes off on July 20.
July 20 is the anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11. The trip will be a brief stay in space from Texas.
Mr Bezos said in early February that he was stepping down as CEO of Amazon to spend more time, among other things, focusing on Blue Origin.
“Seeing Earth from space changes you, it changes your relationship with this planet. It’s one Earth, ”Bezos said in the Instagram post. “I want to do this flight because it’s something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. It’s an adventure. It’s something very big for me. ”
The auction for a seat aboard the New Shepard ends Saturday. The winning bid is currently $ 2.8 million, and the auction has attracted nearly 6,000 entrants from 143 countries.
The amount of the winning bid will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, whose mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and to contribute to create the future of life in space.