Amazon founder and one of the richest people in the world, Jeff Bezos, has announced that he will go into space in July 2021 with his brother Mark on the New Shepard spacecraft, which was designed and built by his company Blue Origin. The launch is scheduled for July 20.
Bezos announced the news on his Instagram page:
For Blue Origin, this will be the first suborbital flight for space tourists on the New Shepard spacecraft. A total of six people will be able to take part in it. Space tourists will rise to an altitude of 100 kilometers above the Earth. The flight will last 11 minutes, and they will return back to Earth in a parachute capsule.
Note that Jeff Bezos will fly into space shortly after officially leaving his post as CEO of Amazon on July 5. He will be succeeded by Andy Jassy, Head of Cloud Computing.
Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin announced plans to send people to the Moon in 2024 to create a colony and develop infrastructure on its surface.