The space company Blue Origin will make its maiden voyage on 20 July. And not everyone is going to go with them, because two places go to Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark.
It was previously known that Blue Origin would make its first spaceflight on July 20, but not who would participate.
In a post posted by Jeff Bezos Instagram writes the Amazon founder that he has dreamed of going into space since he was five years old. An accompanying clip shows Bezos, wearing a cowboy hat and sunglasses, asking a surprised brother if he wants to go to space.
“I did not even think he would be on the first trip. When he asked me, I was completely amazed “, answered Mark Bezos, who works with the Bezos Family Foundation on a daily basis and as a firefighter.
Travel to the Karman line and then turn around
The brothers will fly in Blue Origin’s reusable space shuttle New Shepard. The spaceship will take them to the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space, also called the Karman Line, just over 100 km above the Earth’s surface. There, the part of the spaceship where the passengers sit will be separated from the rocket. If all goes well, the astronauts will experience the weightlessness and be able to see the earth from the outside for a while, and then land safely in Texas, USA, with the help of parachutes.
A place on space travel will be auctioned off
The space shuttle has room for six people, but it is unclear how many will go on the first trip. In addition to the Bezos brothers, a place will also go to the winner of an online auction, where the highest bid at the time of writing is just over SEK 23 million.
In addition to Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos is best known as the founder and CEO of Amazon. However, he will leave the latter post on July 5, in favor of Andy Jassy. Bezos has long been the richest person in the world, but due to fluctuating stock prices, the French businessman behind the luxury goods empire LVMH, Bernard Arnault, has taken over first place.
Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.
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