Blue Origin voyage to space with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos costs $28 million to the winning bidder.
AN UNKNOWN BIDDER has paid $28 million for a trip to space with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, with the trip expected to take place next month.
Last week, Jeff Bezos revealed that he would be the first person to travel to space, thanks to his Blue Origin company. On July 20, the Amazon founder revealed that he and his brother will embark on a space mission. In a bidding process, one final seat on board the rocket, known as New Shepard, was up for grabs.
The winning bid has been declared after a four-week bidding procedure.
While Blue Origin has not revealed the name of the winner, it has stated that it will cost the individual $28 million (£20 million).
“Nearly 7,600 people from 159 countries registered to bid,” Blue Origin said in a statement.
“On July 20, the winning bidder will join Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark in space on New Shepard’s maiden human mission.
“The winning bid sum will be donated to Blue Origin’s Club for the Future charity, whose purpose is to inspire future generations to pursue STEM jobs and to help invent the future of space life.
“The auction winner’s name will be made public in the weeks following the auction’s conclusion. The fourth and last team member will be revealed after that—stay tuned.”
The six passengers, including the pilots, will be flown 62 miles (100 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface by the New Shepard.
They will next spend 10 minutes in orbit, where they will feel weightless.
Boosters will be deployed when the rocket approaches the ground to slow it down before it lands on a pad two miles from the launch site.
Before returning to Earth, the six people on board the rocket will be able to witness the Earth’s curvature.
When Mr. Bezos revealed that he would be bringing his brother, Mark, to space, he stated, “I’ve dreamed of traveling to space since I was five years old.”
“On July 20th, my brother and I will go on that voyage. My best friend and I embarked on the greatest adventure.”
Mr. Bezos stated in the video, “Seeing the Earth from space changes you.”
“I want to take this flight because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”