The Amazon founder confirmed that he would be on the New Shepard rocket for his company Blue Origin. You will take a trip to an altitude of 100 kilometers.
Jeff Bezos announced on Monday that he would travel to space on the New Shepard spacecraft, which will take off from Earth on July 20 in the first manned trip of the company Blue Origin, of the Amazon founder.
Since I was five years old, I imagined of flying in space. On July 20, I will be part of this trip with my brother. The biggest adventure, with my best friend, "the businessman wrote on Instagram, where he shared a video showing the moment he invites the family.
Seeing the earth from space changes you. With humanity, change your relationship with the planet. This is a land. I want to go on this journey because that's what I've wanted to do all my life. It's an adventure; "It's a big thing for me," he said in the post.
The firm created by the richest man on Earth, will send humans into space for the first time aboard its New Shepard rocket on the 52nd anniversary of man's arrival on the Moon.
The rocket will rise from a desert in West Texas. The journey from takeoff to landing will take only ten minutes. It will take passengers just above the Kerman Line, an international convention marking the border of space, at an altitude of 100 km.
The spacecraft occupants will be able to float in zero gravity for a few minutes and observe the curvature of space.
The New Shepard launch vehicle has passed 15 tests to the Karman line. However, it has never traveled with humans on board.
The capsule located on top of the rocket, which has large windows, can carry up to six people. Blue Origin has not disclosed who the other passengers will be, but an auction is underway to get a prize ticket. Currently, the bid exceeds $ 2.8 million and continues to increase.
The auction bids are scheduled to close on June 10. Two days later, a final round will be held online and live among the already registered participants. Then the winner will be announced. The money raised will be donated to a foundation created by Blue Origin to encourage young people to work in the scientific field.
Jeff Bezos would be the first billionaire to travel outside of Earth, after starting a kind of "space race" with other moguls such as Elon Musk (of SpaceX) and Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic).