Billionaire tycoon Jeff Bezos is heading into space, because once you conquer the earth, what else is there left to do? He’s built his own rocket named the New Shepard through his space company Blue Origin.
According to his post on Instagram, Bezos made the announcement saying, “Ever since I was five years old, I've dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend."
July 25th will be shortly after Bezos resigns as the CEO of Amazon. Now that’s what you call a send-off! At least he resigned and is willingly heading to space, as opposed to the alternative- getting shot into space after being fired.
One lucky person will also get a chance to secure a seat on the flight through an online auction organised by Blue Origin. The current bid is sitting at a cool $3.5 million. For that price, you’d really hope for some legroom and a very fancy packet of peanuts.
As for the other space billionaires, it looks like Bezos has beaten them all to it. Richard Branson once pledged to be the first space billionaire shot into space. He can still make that happen by putting in a winning bid for that seat on the New Shepard. That’ll really get Bezos fired up. Meanwhile, Elon Musk also missed the boat (or the spaceship), since he was too busy starting a Twitter feud with his own partner and being awkward on Saturday Night Live.
If the flight is a success, the rocket will fly to the edge of space, where it will reach 96 kilometres above the earth. Because the world’s richest man definitely needs another reason to feel like he’s on top of the world! There will be three-minutes of weightlessness, before they slowly parachute back to earth to once again live amongst us regular civilians.
Still no word on if the flight will take three to five business days to arrive…