Three lucky passengers will join Amazon founder Jeff Bezos Tuesday on Blue Origin’s first commercial spaceflight.
The manifest for the 11-minute trip to the edge of space includes the billionaire’s brother, Mark Bezos, trailblazing aviator Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen, a wealthy teenager from the Netherlands.
The motley crew will be aboard the space-tourism company’s New Shepard rocket, which is set to blast off around 9 a.m. ET from Van Horn, Texas.
Here’s what you need to know about the soon-to-be astronauts:
Financier Mark Bezos
Mark, 51, is the Amazon founder’s younger brother by six years. The pair are “best friends,” Jeff said in a video on Instagram last month, in which he surprised Mark with an invitation to space.
Mark Bezos (right, seen here with Jeff Bezos) is a volunteer firefighter, director of the Bezos Family Foundation, and an executive at Robin Hood.Blue Origin
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. On