Jeff Bezos is heading to space shortly after he steps down as CEO of Amazon, he announced Monday.
Next month, Bezos, 57, will join the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company Blue Origin, which he founded in 2000. The flight will take off on July 20, the anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing and just 15 days after Bezos resigns as CEO of the mammoth e-commerce company he founded.
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos said in an Instagram post on Monday. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
Bezos is going on the space flight with his younger brother, Mark Bezos.
“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 accompanying the post. “I wanted to