MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) — Jeff Bezos, who was Valedictorian of Miami Palmetto Senior High, informed the viewers at his commencement ceremony he dreamed of the day when mankind would colonize space, and that dream is one other step nearer to change into actuality as he introduced Monday, he shall be aboard the primary crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company, Blue Origins.
In an Instagram publish early Monday, Bezos stated he, his brother Mark Bezos, and the winner of an ongoing public sale, shall be aboard the New Shepard spacecraft when it launches on July 20, simply 15 days after he’s set to resign as CEO of Amazon.
READ MORE: At Miami Conference, El Salvador’s President Announced He Wants Bitcoin To Be Legal Tender In His Country
July 20 is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon touchdown.
The journey on the six-seater capsule and 59-foot rocket shall be transient, about an 11-minute flight that’ll attain greater than 60 miles above Earth.
READ MORE: AAA: Florida Drivers May See Higher Gas Prices This Week
Bezos stated in early February that he was stepping down as CEO of Amazon to spend extra time, amongst different issues, centered on Blue Origin.
“To see the Earth from space, it changes you, changes your relationship with this planet. It’s one Earth,” Bezos stated within the Instagram publish. “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.”
The public sale for an open seat on New Shepard ends Saturday.
The profitable bid proper now stands at $2.8 million, with nearly 6,000 contributors from 143 international locations.
The profitable bid quantity shall be donated to Blue Origin’s basis, Club for the Future, whose mission is to encourage future generations to pursue careers in STEM and to assist invent the way forward for life in space.
In addition to New Shepard, Blue Origin can be working to develop a towering rocket known as New Glenn, which the company hopes shall be used to ship US authorities and business satellites to orbit, in addition to doubtlessly make journeys to deep space.
Blue Origin additionally hoped to be concerned in NASA’s plan to return people to the moon by 2024, although it was bested by SpaceX for a contract to build the lunar lander that may shuttle astronauts from the moon’s orbit all the way down to the floor. Blue Origin is protesting that contract determination, although NASA has additionally stated that Blue Origin remains to be eligible to bid to work on future lunar missions.
MORE NEWS: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs 24 Bills Into Law
(©2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company, contributed to this report.)