Daily US Times: A mystery bidder has paid $28m for a seat on Jeff Bezos’s first crewed spaceflight by the billionaire’s Blue Origin company.
Blue Origin tweeted that the identity of the bidder would be revealed in the coming weeks. This winning bid was made at Saturday’s auction.
The bidding attracted interest from more than 140 countries.
The other two crew members of the 20 July Blue Origin space flight are Mr Bezos’ brother Mark and an unnamed space tourist.
After a nearly month-long bidding process the top bid had stood at just under 5 million US dollars – but once Saturday’s online auction got under way that figure rose more than five times.
Blue Origin tweeted: “The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, @ClubforFuture.”
Mr Bezos has a net worth of $186.2bn, according to Forbes magazine. This makes him one of the world’s wealthiest people.
Earlier this week, Mr Bezos wrote in a post on Instagram: “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
His brother Mark described the planned flight on Blue Origin’s launch vehicle New Shepard as a “remarkable opportunity”.
Blue Origin plans to launch its passengers more than 100km above the Earth’s surface, allowing them to experience microgravity, according to the website of the company. The six-berth capsule will return to Earth using parachutes.
The journey is expected to last about 10 minutes.
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