Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, has announced that he will fly into space next month. He used his own company’s rocket, Blue Origin, to make that lifelong dream come true.
The 57-year-old billionaire said he and his brother Mark would be sent off Earth on July 20 on New Shepard’s first crewed flight.
Quotes Science Alert, Thursday (10/6/2021) Blue Origin is auctioning the third seat on the spacecraft and bidding has reached USD 3.2 million with thousands of participants from all over the world.
“I wanted to do this flight because it’s something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. It’s an adventure,” Bezos said in a video statement.
He says the reason he also invited his brother to join him. That was because Bezos felt they were close relatives. Bezos believes this experience will be unforgettable and life-changing.
“Seeing Earth from space, it will change you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. This is one Earth,” he said.
The journey will last a total of 10 minutes, four of which will be spent by passengers above the Karman line which marks the recognized boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.
After liftoff, the capsule separates from its thrusters, then spends four minutes at an altitude exceeding 60 miles (100 kilometers), during which time those on board experience weightlessness and can observe Earth’s curvature from space.
New Shepard has successfully conducted more than a dozen unmanned trials from its facilities in the Guadalupe Mountains in western Texas.
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