Wanna join the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, on the trip of a lifetime?
Well, the going price for now is a whopping $28 million, because this is what an unidentified super-wealthy individual paid for a ticket on Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket which is scheduled to blast off from Earth this July 20, marking the first private commercial flight to space.
Incidentally, July 20 is an auspicious date in US history as it is the 52nd anniversary of the moon landing by NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
To drum up global interest in his new venture, Amazon founder Bezos announced he, together with his brother Mark, would be joining his outfit’s maiden voyage signifying the birth of the space tourism business.
Bezos, who is reportedly worth about $200 billion, is currently engaged in a race with fellow billionaires Elon Musk of SpaceX and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic to determine who is the first to travel beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
“To see the earth from space, it changes you. It’s something I’ve wanted to do all my life. It’s a big deal for me,” Bezos said.
Reports said the ticket to ride on the Blue Origin flight was lapped up by an unnamed buyer during a live online auction. Some 7,600 people from 159 countries had registered to participate in the month-long bidding process.
The winner will also have to pay a 6-percent buyer’s commission, bringing the total cost to some $30 million.
Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule (where Bezos and the five other passengers will ride) is named after Alan Shepard who was the first American to go to space in 1961.
(Over 7,000 people, and counting, have reportedly signed a petition organized by change.org for Bezos to be DENIED re-entry to Earth after he blasts off into space next month on the Blue Origin rocket. Titled: “Petition Not to Allow Jeff Bezos Re-Entry to Earth,” the online document was sent to Bezos’ rocket company which owns and operates Blue Origin.)
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