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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is known for his jet-setting lifestyle, but he is headed a little further this time.

In a recent Instagram video, Bezos announced that he and his younger brother Mark were heading into space next month. July 20th will see the two of them boarding the first scheduled crewed flight of Blue Origins latest reusable passenger rocket named ‘New Shepherd’. The scheduled flight from Bezos’ space company Blue Origin has long been in the planning stages. The official launch date was announced last month (May) but nobody suspected that Bezos himself would be a part of the trailblazing crew until now.

Bezos and his younger brother Mark will board the first scheduled crewed flight of Blue Origins on July 20th.
Bezos and his younger brother Mark will board the first scheduled crewed flight of Blue Origins on July 20th. Image credit: theverge.com

In the Instagram video announcement, Bezos says that taking a journey into space has been a lifelong dream for him and that it will be “meaningful” to have his brother along for the ride.

“You see the earth from space and it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s one Earth,” says Bezos. “I want to go on this flight because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life. It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me.”

Blue Origin’s New Shepherd rocket features a reusable design made to be able to withstand multiple return journeys. The craft’s booster has a gumdrop-shaped Crew Capsule that can carry six passengers inside of it. Two of those six will be the Bezos bros en-route to the edge of space. There are larger than usual windows as it is intended to be used for touristic space travel rather than the more scientifically-led ventures that rockets have been used for up until now. 

As James Vincent explained at The Verge, the rocket is due to shoot upwards until it hits the Kármán line, 100 kilometers above sea level. At this point, the Crew Capsule will detach from the booster. The passengers aboard will then be treated to a view of the earth’s curvature and experience weightlessness. The capsule will land separately from the booster with the help of a parachute system. It should touch down safely in the West Texas desert.

Jeff and Mark Bezos are currently the only crew members to have been disclosed although we know that one of the fliers will be the highest bidder of an ongoing online auction. The highest bid is currently sat at a whopping $2,800,000 and is due to end on June 12th. That is going to be one pricey trip even if it is into space! Still, the lucky individual will also get the opportunity to speak to billionaire Bezos as well.

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