Jeff Bezos is Going Into Space

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is blasting himself off into outer space as a passenger on the first manned flight from the spaceflight services company he founded, Blue Origin.
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Bezos is planning to set off for outer space July 20, just weeks after he will step down as CEO of the e-commerce company on July 5. Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, is set to take over as CEO of Amazon at that time.

Bezos, who wholly owns Blue Origin, founded the company in 2000. The trip to space will be brief, with Bezos and his brother Mark on board the space vehicle New Shepard, which will carry a capsule by vertical rocket outside of Earth’s atmosphere, Chain Store Age reported. New Shepard has completed more than 12 successful missions without passengers, CNBC reported.

“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos said in an Instagram post announcing his space travels. “On July 20, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”

In addition to Mark and Jeff Bezos, the flight will hold a passenger who wins a public auction. Bidding for the seat has reached $2.8 million, CNBC reported.

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