Blue Origin, a company of Amazen CEO Jeff Bezos concluded the online auction for the very first seat on New Shepard, to travel to space on July 20, with a winning bid of $28 million and the name of the auction winner will be released in the weeks following the auction’s conclusion.
Then, the fourth and final crew member will be announced.
Nearly 7,600 people registered to bid from 159 countries.
The winning bidder will fly to space on New Shepard’s first human flight on July 20, and will join Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark.
The first passenger flight of Blue Origin will take off from the launch site Texas on July 20. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said last week that he would fly to space with his brother Mark in this first flight.
Blue Origin is the company of Jeff Bezos. Jeff Bezos is going to step down as the CEO of Amazon on July 5. After him, Andy Jesse will become the CEO of Amazon.
The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, whose mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and to help invent the future of life in space.
On July 20th, New Shepard will fly its first astronaut crew to space and hence it offered one seat on this first flight to the winning bidder of Blue Origin’s online auction.
On this day 60 years ago, Alan Shepard made history by becoming the first American to fly to space. In the decades since, fewer than 600 astronauts have been to space above the Kármán Line to see the borderless Earth and the thin limb of our atmosphere. They all say this experience changes them.
The company named its launch vehicle after Alan Shepard to honor his historic flight. New Shepard has flown 15 successful consecutive missions to space and back above the Kármán Line through a meticulous and incremental flight program to test its multiple redundant safety systems. Now, it’s time for astronauts to climb onboard.