New York: Founder-CEO of Amazon Inc. Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark is set to fly to space next month on the first space flight, which was unveiled by his space exploration company Blue Origin. The Amazon Inc founder said on Instagram that the Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft is slated to launch on July 20.
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of travelling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother,” Bezos said in an Instagram post.
Bezos uploaded a cinematographic short video on social media, where he asking his brother to accompany him on the flight as both Bezos siblings feature throughout the clip.
Jeff said, “I invited my brother to come on this first flight because we are closest friends.”
“I wasn’t even expecting him to say that he was gonna be on the first flight and then when he asked me to go along, I was just awestruck,” Mark could be heard saying.
“What a remarkable opportunity to not just be able to go on this adventure but to be able to do it with my best friend,” he adds.
The video also shows childhood pictures of Bezos’ and an admission from the billionaire of his interest in space.
“To see the Earth from space, it changes you, changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s one Earth,” Jeff says in the Instagram video.
The Amazon founder admits, “I want to go on this flight because it’s a thing I’ve wanted to do all my life. It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me.”
This will be Blue Origin’s first-ever human flight and Bezos brothers will be joined abroad by a winner of an ongoing auction. The auction for the human flight’s open seat ends on Saturday, and it attracted the attention of 6,000 participants from 143 countries.
The opening winning bid fetched a whopping amount currently stands at $2.8 million, and the closing amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, which aims to inspire younger generations to pursue interests in STEM fields.