Jeff Bezos Is Going To Space Aboard First Crewed Flight Of Blue Origin’s New Shepard – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami / CNN) – Jeff Bezos, who was the farewell speaker for Miami Palmetto Senior High, told the audience at his graduation ceremony that he was dreaming of the day humanity would colonize space.

Well, that dream is another step closer to reality when he announced on Monday that he would be on board the first manned flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship of his space company Blue Origins.

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In an Instagram post early Monday, Bezos said that he, his brother Mark Bezos and the winner of an ongoing auction will be on board the New Shepard spacecraft when it launches on July 20, just 15 days after becoming CEO of. resigned Amazon.

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July 20th marks the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The journey with the six-seat capsule and 59-foot rocket will be short, roughly an 11-minute flight that reaches more than 60 miles above the earth.

Bezos said in early February that he would step down as CEO of Amazon to focus more on Blue Origin, among other things.

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“Seeing Earth from space changes you, changes your relationship with this planet. It’s an earth, “said Bezos in the Instagram post. “I want to do this flight because I’ve wanted to do it all my life. It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me. “

The auction for a free seat on New Shepard ends on Saturday.

The bid is currently $ 2.8 million with almost 6,000 participants from 143 countries.

The award amount will be donated to the Blue Origin Foundation Club for the Future, whose mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and invent the future of life in space.

In addition to New Shepard, Blue Origin is also working on developing a towering rocket called the New Glenn, which the company hopes will be used to launch U.S. government and commercial satellites into orbit, as well as possibly travel into space .

Blue Origin also hoped to be part of NASA’s plan to get people back to the moon by 2024, though it was surpassed by SpaceX for a contract to build the lunar lander, which would take astronauts from the moon’s orbit to the surface. Blue Origin is protesting this contract decision, although NASA has also said that Blue Origin is still eligible to apply for future lunar missions.

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