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Jeff Bezos Will be one of the First Millionaires to travel to Space : He is a Passenger on Blue Origin Flight

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Jeff Bezos’s dream of travelling to space will become a reality next month when he goes to space next month with  his company, Blue Origin’s  first passenger-carrying mission.

Bezos, 57, plans to travel alongside his brother, Mark. He  made the announcement in an Instagram post Monday. The scheduled launch next month will be about two weeks after the billionaire plans to step down as chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc.

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

Blue Origin is one of several high-profile space-tourism companies backed by a wealthy entrepreneur, alongside Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Richard Branson-backed Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. Both of those companies are making plans to carry paying customers.

Blue Origin is auctioning off a seat on its New Shepard rocket for the July 20 flight, an 11-minute trip to suborbital space that will reach an altitude of about 100 kilometers (62 miles). The spot will be the only one available for purchase on the flight, and the proceeds will go to a Blue Origin foundation that promotes math and science education.

The high bid stood at $2.8 million Monday morning, according to the company’s website. Bidding will end June 12 with a live online auction. It will be Blue Origin’s 16th flight.

The company has said that customers will have a four-day experience, including three days of preflight training at the company’s launch site near Van Horn, Texas. Blue Origin has built accommodations, including a cafeteria. The space capsule will be a first-class experience, with reclining leather seats designed to cushion the force of zipping into space. The capsule also has “the largest windows in spacecraft history,” according to Blue Origin’s website, so passengers can take in the view.

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