Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark will be heading off the planet next month as part of the first crew aboard his New Shepard spacecraft.
"Ever since I was five years old, I've dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend," Bezos announced in an Instagram post.
And the billionaire is auctioning a third ticket to ride along with him. Bidding currently stands at $2,800,000 [£1,975,568].
The unique spacecraft, with huge viewing windows to make the space tourists’ flight as memorable as possible, will launch from the small town of Van Horn, in Texas – 100 miles east of El Paso –next month.
With the live auction for the seat concluding on June 12, passengers will have just over a month to prepare for the rigours of a space rocket launch.
Once new Shepard reaches the edge of space the passengers will be allowed to unbuckle their safety harnesses and and float free of the Earth’s gravity for around three minutes, before plummeting back home in a fiery re-entry.
“I want to go on this flight because it’s a thing I wanted to do all my life. It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me,” Bezos said in a video announcing the launch.
Bezos founded Blue Origin two decades ago. He recently expressed his great disappointment that NASA had selected SpaceX, the spaceflight venture founded by rival billionaire Elon Musk, to ferry Project Artemis astronauts to the Moon.
“NASA has executed a flawed acquisition for the Human Landing System program and moved the goalposts at the last minute,” he said in a statement released through Blue Origin, and added that NASA’s decision was “high risk.”
Bezos has funded the development of Blue Origin by selling some of his shares in Amazon.
His net worth is currently believed to stand at around $186.2 billion.
Bezos announced earlier this year he would step down as chief executive of the online retail giant to focus his attention exclusively on Blue Origin.
Bezos announced on May 26 that his final day as Amazon’s chief executive would be July 5.
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