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posted by martyb on Monday June 07, @09:09PM   Printer-friendly

Jeff Bezos says he will fly into space next month

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has revealed on Instagram that he plans to fly on Blue Origin's first human spaceflight next month.

"I want to go on this flight because it's a thing I've wanted to do all my life," Bezos, the richest person in the world, said in a post published Monday morning. "It's an adventure. It's a big deal for me."

Bezos said he invited his younger brother, Mark, whom he described as his best friend, to go along. The two brothers will join the winner of an auction for a third seat on the flight, which is set to take place on July 20 of this year. Bidding for this seat is already at $2.8 million but is likely to go higher during a live auction on July 12. Proceeds from this auction will be donated to Blue Origin's foundation, Club for the Future.

[...] Now, Bezos may not be bringing his mom on the first human flight of the vehicle—but he will be bringing a family member. This speaks to the company's, and his, confidence in the safety of New Shepard. After this mission, Blue Origin is expected to begin flying other passengers on future flights later this year. The company has not yet set a public price for tickets inside the capsule, which can carry as many as six people.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by DECbot on Monday June 07, @09:46PM (4 children)

    by DECbot (832) on Monday June 07, @09:46PM (#1142921) Journal

    How is Bezos not a Bond villain at this point? He owns a major news outlet (The Washington Post), the largest online market place (, a network of in-home spy devices (Amazon Echo/Ring), a good deal of 'the cloud' (Amazon AWS), and even builds his own rockets (Blue Origin). Check the casinos and cabanas, Bond and MI6 appear to be MIA!
    Of course it could be like documented on Spitting Image where Bezos, Musk, and Branson all end up living in a penis shaped inflatable habitat on Mars.

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07, @11:08PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07, @11:08PM (#1142946)

    He acts as probably the largest middleman to transfer American wealth to Jews and Chinese. If it were up to him, there would be no such thing as small businesses or domestic manufacturing, it would be all warehouses staffed with illiterate illegal Mexicans and managed by Jews, peddling only cheap Chinese crap while having his other Jews running his propaganda outlets convincing you that it's all for your own good and anybody who disagrees is racist or fascist.

    And because he's such a nice guy, he's even offering employees their own crying booths -- with time spent inside deducted from workers' paychecks, of course. He got that idea from a Jew.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07, @11:11PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07, @11:11PM (#1142947)

      Now I don't suggest trying this at home, but I have heard that for someone like yourself smashing yourself in the face with a hammer drastically improves your chances of sexual coupling.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07, @11:29PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07, @11:29PM (#1142954)

        Terroristic incitement to violence! Quick, somebody alert the ADL and the FBI! They'll have their biggest and best noses sniffing in on the case in no time, after they're done counting and laundering all the Bitcoin money they "rescued" from evil Russian Hackers!

  • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Tuesday June 08, @03:11PM

    by Immerman (3985) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 08, @03:11PM (#1143153)

    What makes you so sure that he's not?