Jeff Bezos Is Going To Space. Jeff Bezos has already selected a hobby for his post-CEO life: space travel.
Above all, Just two weeks after he steps down as CEO of Amazon, Bezos will climb aboard a rocket made by his space exploration company Blue Origin.
“If you see the earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s one earth,” Bezos said in a video posted to Instagram on Monday morning.
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space.”
Jeff Bezos Will Fly Aboard Blue Origin’s First Human Trip to Space
Jeff Bezos Is Going To Space
Mr. Bezos and his brother, Mark, will be on board when his rocket company launches its first human spaceflight next month, shortly after he steps down as chief executive of Amazon.
The price tag to go to space with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is now at $2.8 million.
Bezos – the richest person in the world – will participate in the first passenger flight his space company, Blue Origin, is making, he announced Monday. The voyage will take place on July 20, the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Firstly, A couple of weeks after Jeff Bezos officially steps down as CEO of Amazon; he’ll leap into something more mythic: riding to the edge of space aboard one of his own rockets, alongside his brother, in a flight that would fulfill a lifelong dream.
The plan is that Bezos, his brother, Mark, and the winner of an online auction for Blue Origin’s nonprofit foundation will be on the New Shepard on July 20 when it lifts off for a suborbital flight, the first time the spacecraft will carry passengers. The date is the anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.
On the other hand, The flight will mark a significant milestone for Blue Origin, which lags behind Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the competition for billions of dollars in NASA and Pentagon contracts and which flies a more powerful rocket capable of taking people and supplies into orbit.
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos said in an Instagram post-Monday. “On July 20, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend. #Gradatim Ferociter.”
Graditum ferociter is Blue Origin’s motto, a Latin phrase that Bezos translates to mean “step by step, ferociously.”
The Bottom Line
Technically, the Karman line is the altitude at which space begins – about 62 miles above sea level.
But Bezos won’t be above that line for long. According to a graphic of the flight trajectory on Blue Origin’s website, the flight is expected to last about 11 minutes, and only a small portion of that time is above the Karman line.
The New Shepard’s journey is called a suborbital flight, meaning the rocket isn’t powerful enough to enter Earth’s orbit.
Want to join the Bezos brothers?
You can bid on a seat on the flight in an auction that benefits Blue Origin’s foundation, which has the mission of inspiring future generations to pursue careers in STEM. The current high bid is $2.8 million.