Blue Origin’s first crewed flight on Tuesday involves four people who will cross the Karman Line, which separates Earth’s atmosphere from space, for the very first time.
It is a brief overview of the quartet of future astronauts.
– The tycoon, Jeff Bezos –
Jeff Bezos, 57, will leave behind the planet where he made his fortune for a few minutes on a spaceship built by the company he founded in 2000, when he was still a single-digit billionaire .
Six years earlier, he had opened a small online bookstore called Amazon.com in his garage. Bezos’ net worth is estimated today at over $ 200 billion.
– The brother, Mark Bezos –
Jeff Bezos invited his brother Mark, a financier who runs the Bezos Family Foundation and works as a volunteer firefighter.
The couple are best friends, and Jeff shared the moment he surprised his brother, six years younger, by asking him to join the mission in a video that went viral on Instagram last month.
– The pioneer Wally Funk –
At 82, barrier-breaking aviator Wally Funk is set to become the oldest astronaut of all time, fulfilling a lifelong dream that was thwarted by the sexism of the first space age.
Funk, who took his first flying lesson at the age of nine, excelled in Project Mercury 13 which aimed to train women for space using the same standards as male astronauts, but the program ultimately succeeded been canceled.
She nevertheless had an accomplished career in aviation, becoming the first female aviation safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board and served as chief pilot at several flight schools.
– Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen –
Oliver Daemen, 18, is set to become the youngest astronaut. He holds a private pilot’s license and is an avid space enthusiast who will be studying physics at university this fall.
# photo1 The Dutch teenager flies in place of the still anonymous winner of a $ 28 million public auction, who has asked to pass this time due to ‘scheduling conflicts’, and will make a subsequent trip .
Daemen’s ticket was paid for by his father, the CEO of a private equity firm, CNBC reported.
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