Industrialist Jeff Bezos, one of the world’s richest people, will board his company Blue Origin’s first manned space flight next month. Bezos said on Instagram early Monday that he, his brother, and the winner of an ongoing auction will be aboard Blue Origin’s “New Shepherd” spacecraft that is scheduled to take off on July 20. In this trip, there will be a brief trip to space from Texas. July 20 is also celebrated as the anniversary of Apollo 11 reaching the moon.
Bezos said in early February that he wanted to step down as Amazon’s chief executive officer to give more time to other tasks and focus on his company Blue Origin. Bezos said on Instagram that seeing Earth from space changes you, it changes your relationship with the planet.
I want to board this flight because it is something that I have always wanted to do in my life. It’s a thrill. This is very important for me. If all goes well, Bezos, the owner of US $ 187 billion, would be the first billionaire in the world who went to space.
The auction bidding for seats in the ‘New Shepherd’ vehicle ended on Saturday. The winning bid was valued at approximately $2.8 million, with over 6,000 participants from 143 countries. The proceeds of this auction bid will be donated to the ‘Blue Origin Foundation’, which will be used in the future project of searching for life in space. Bezos founded ‘Blue Origin’ in the year 2000. The company has done more than a dozen test trips so far.