Unnamed Bidder Paid $28 Million For A Seat Onboard The First Crewed Spaceflight Of Bezos’s Blue Origin

Do you have $28 million to spend on a seat aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket trip set to take off to the edge of space in July?

On Saturday, a high bidder paid that amount to join Jeff Bezos and his brother, Mark, for the ride set to take off on July 20, NBC News reported.

The monthlong auction came to an end on Saturday after the undisclosed bidder placed the high bid. The identity of the bidder will be revealed in the upcoming weeks, Blue Origin tweeted.

The Blue Origin rocket-propelled capsule is designed to hold six passengers but will only take four this upcoming trip. The fourth rider will also be announced at a later date, the company added.

The $28 million will go towards Blue Origin’s nonprofit Club for the Future, a club that aims to educate children about space and careers in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“What a day,” said Ariane Cornell, director of astronaut and orbital sales at Blue Origin, after the auction. “The whole Blue Origin team cannot wait to meet our first customer.”

The New Shepard rocket and capsule will go to suborbital space at an altitude of more than 62 miles above Earth. Riders will experience a few minutes of weightlessness before it touching back down on Earth with the help of parachutes.

The company plans to one day sell tickets for private flights to the edge of space. The cost will likely be in the six-digit range.

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