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Jeff Bezos will fly on the first passenger spaceflight of his company Blue Origin in July

Jeff Bezos will fly on the first passenger spaceflight of his company

June 8, 2021: -On Monday, Jeff Bezos announced that he would fly on the first passenger flight of his space company Blue Origin, which the company is planning to launch on July 20.

“I want to go on this flight because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life,” Bezos said in his Instagram in the video.

Bezos’ brother Mark Bezos will join him, as will the winner of an auction being held for one of the seats. The high bid stands at $2.8 million on Monday morning, five days before the closing of the auction.

“I wasn’t even expecting him to say that he was going to be on the first flight,” Mark Bezos added.

“What a remarkable opportunity, not only to have this adventure but to do it with my best friend,” he further added.

The space tourism system of Blue Origin New Shepard, a rocket that carries a capsule to the edge of space, has flown over a dozen successful test flights without passengers on board, which include one in April at the facility of the company in the Texas desert.

New Shepard is designed to carry up to six people on a ride past the edge of space, with the capsules on the latest test flights reaching an altitude of more than 340,000 feet. The tablet has massive windows to give passengers a view, spending a few minutes in zero gravity before returning to Earth.

The rocket vertically launches, with the booster detaching and returning to land at a concrete pad nearby. A set of parachutes slows the capsule’s return before softly landing in the desert.

“To see the Earth from space, it changes you,” the Amazon CEO said. “It’s an adventure; it’s a big deal for me.”

Bezos founds Blue Origin in 2000 and continues to wholly own the company, funding it through share sales of his Amazon stock.

July 20 will be the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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