Meet the crew of soon-to-be astronauts joining Jeff Bezos in space

Meet the crew of soon-to-be astronauts joining Jeff Bezos in space


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.

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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

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