Jeff Bezos is not just the founder of Amazon. His rocket engine maker Blue Origin will launch its first manned space mission next month. Bezos wants to go into space for the first time.
Blue Origin’s campaign comes at a time when Jeff Bezos may be taking part in Amazon’s resignation.
Bezos will go into space on a rocket named New Shepard. His younger brother Mark Bezos will be with him at the time. As well as a seat on the rocket has been put up for auction.
According to Blue Origin, 8,000 people from 143 countries have participated in the auction for the seat. The price has risen to 3 million dollars.
New Shepard will fly into space on July 20 to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission. The rocket will carry a total of six astronauts on a short journey.
The Blue Origin tourist rocket is named after Alan Shepard. He was the first American citizen to travel in space in 1971. Most possibly there was not have any passenger.
Experience the emptiness of three minutes
Announcing the expedition on Instagram, Bezos wrote, “I have been dreaming of space travel since I was five years old.” He described the expedition as “the best adventure with a best friend.”
In a video message, Bezos said, ‘Seeing the Earth from space, it changes you. I want to go on this expedition. Because I have wanted to do this job all my life. ‘
Expedition crews will arrive in South Texas four days before the main expedition to take part in security training.
After taking off on July 20, the passenger part of the rocket will be detached from the booster after going about 48 miles. The astronauts will then be able to free themselves from the seat. At that time they will be able to experience emptiness for three minutes. Then the journey back to the earth will begin. The astronauts will not need special space suits or helmets for the short voyage, The New York Times reported.
Jeff Bezos announced in February that he would step down as chief executive officer on July 5, taking on the role of executive chairman. During that change, Bezos said he would spend more time and energy on his other initiatives, including Blue Origin.
The company originally built rocket engines and sold them to other rocket manufacturers. But space tourism has long been working to give the general public a chance to take part in sub-orbital missions. This layer, 62 miles above the earth’s surface, can be called the boundary of space.
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