Jeff Bezos, the richest man on Earth, will be one of the first civilians to join a crewed flight into space aboard the New Shepard, a rocket ship made by his Blue Origin space-focused company.
The blast off is planned for July 20, just over two weeks after Bezos steps down as CEO of Amazon, a company that made the multibillionaire even richer over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bezos announced on Instagram on Monday that he will be on the spacecraft and that his younger brother, Mark Bezos, will also be aboard.
“To see the Earth from space it changes you,” Bezos said in the video. “It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s one Earth.”
“I wanted to go on this flight because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do my whole life,” Bezos said. “It’s an adventure. It’s a big