Jeff Bezos, the creator of Amazon, has scheduled his next big adventure, and it's truly out of this world. In fact, when he climbs aboard he will also prepare to lose gravity. That's right, Bezos is soaring into outerspace via the first crewed flight on the New Shepard.
"Ever since I was five years old, I've dreamed of traveling to space...On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend," Jeff explained in an Instagram post. As he stated, he will take on the trip of a lifetime with his brother, Mark Bezos.
The New Shepard is transportation that Bezos trusts, seeing as though his very own company, Blue Origin, crafted it. Thus, the space travel is scheduled for July 20th, 2021. And, the month will be a meaningful one for Bezos, as it's also around that time that he's set to decide whether or not to resign as Amazon's CEO.
Bezos, the richest person in the world, has a net worth of $187 billion. Yes, even after building his own spaceship. Now, he's scheduled to test it out! This means he will also gain the title of the first billionaire to take advantage of the rocket technology that he funded. Not even Elon Musk has attempted this feat yet.
After six years of secret testing and tweaking the design to be just right, the capsule technology has come to fruition. So, Blue Origin opened their craft to humans, offering one special person to join him as the first passengers in an innovative New Shepard capsule. As for how to get tickets? Well, get in line.
After a month-long auction, we still don't have an answer as to who is closest to the prize, but we do know that someone placed a bid of $3.2 million after Blue Origin's big announcement! While we eagerly await to find out who the lucky person is that will be joining the Bezos' in space, maybe we'll do some Amazon shopping?
Soon the 59-foot rocket will soar into the galaxy on an approximately 11-minute flight that will reach upwards of 60 miles above Earth. On the journey will be Jeff and Mark Bezos, the flight crew, and a lucky bidder. Until we find out more, we'll be stargazing from Earth.