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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: 2) by Frosty Piss on Monday June 07, @10:49PM (1 child)

    by Frosty Piss (4971) on Monday June 07, @10:49PM (#1142941)

    He can bring his girlfriend, and in 9 months give birth to the first human conceived in space… if the Russians have not already secretly done so.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 08, @04:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 08, @04:48AM (#1143035)

    I would fall over and die from not surprised if a child or two has already been conceived on the ISS during the last twenty years or so.