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An unknown person auctioned $28 million for space travel aboard the flight organized by Jeff Bezos’ company, Blue Origin.
The winning bid came in an auction held on Saturday, and the company posted on its Twitter account that the identity of the winner will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The auction attracted interested people from 140 countries.
On the flight, which will depart on July 20, will also be Jeff’s brother Mark, and another unidentified person.
At the end of the month-long auction, the highest bid was about $5 million, but when the online auction opened, the number had risen more than fivefold.
The amount will be donated to a charitable organization affiliated with Blue Origin, according to the company, in one of the tweets.
Bezos’ fortune is estimated at one hundred and eighty-six billion dollars, according to Forbes magazine, and thus he is one of the world’s richest people.
“I’m going on that trip on July 20 with my brother, the greatest adventure with the best friend,” Bezos said on Instagram.
Mark described the trip in the “New Shepard” as “a remarkable opportunity.”
According to the Blue Origin website, “the company plans to launch the passengers to an altitude of 100 kilometers above the surface of the earth, thus giving them the opportunity to experience the feeling of zero gravity. The capsule will return to Earth using a parachute.”
The flight is expected to last ten minutes.
The New Shepard can land vertically on Earth after returning from space. Its name is attributed to astronaut Alan Shepard, the second US citizen to fly into space.
The first manned flight comes weeks after Bezos will step down as CEO of Amazon, while he will remain general manager of the company he founded 30 years ago in his garage, and this will free him up time with his other interests.
Meanwhile, another contender may steal the spotlight from Bezos, as he believes Richard Branson may join a test flight of the Virgin VSS Unity space plane on July 4th.