Jeff Bezos to fly on a space tourism rocket with his brother in July 2021

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Monday that he will fly to the edge of space with his brother aboard his company’s Blue Origin tourist rocket, New Shepard, on July 20.

In a video uploaded to his Instagram profile, Bezos is heard that he and his brother Mark will launch into space on July 20 aboard a rocket built by his space company Blue Origin, the Verge reported.

While Blue Origin announced the flight of its first crew of astronauts into space last month, it did not say that Bezos himself would participate.

Bezos further said that taking a trip to space was a long-held dream for him and that it would be “meaningful” to have his brother with him.

“You see the earth from space and it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It is one Earth,” he said.

“I want to do this flight because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do my whole life. It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me,” he added.

The five-story New Shepard rocket is designed to launch a crew capsule with seats for six people approximately 340,000 feet in the sky towards the edge of space. Paying tourists can experience a few minutes of weightlessness in microgravity and witness very high altitude views of the Earth.

The booster is topped by a gumball-shaped Crew capsule with space for six passengers inside and large windows.

After reaching the Karman Line, the internationally recognized limit of Earth’s outermost atmosphere, located 100 kilometers above sea level, the capsule will detach from the booster, allowing those within inside to see the curvature of the Earth and experience weightlessness.

The booster and capsule will then land separately, with the capsule landing in the West Texas desert using parachutes.

In addition to Jeff and Mark Bezos, a seat on the flight will be claimed by the winning bidder of an ongoing online auction. The auction ends June 12 and currently has a high bid of $ 2,800,000, according to the report.

New Shepard has flown 15 consecutive successful missions to space and over the Karman Line through a meticulous and progressive flight program to test its multiple redundant security systems.

Bezos’ rival Elon Musk is also set to launch one of his crewed SpaceX Dragonships later this year.

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