Race to Space: Billionaire Jeff Bezos Left Amazon To Explore Space

It seems like most of the world’s elite have decided to head to space in the upcoming years. Jeff Bezos has made his intentions clear on Monday after he stepped down as CEO of Amazon. And Bezo is heading to space very soon.

Next month, Bezos, 57, will join the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company Blue Origin, which he founded in 2000. The flight will take off on July 20, the anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.

“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos said in an Instagram post on Monday. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”

Bezos is going on a space flight with his younger brother, Mark Bezos.

“If you see the earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s one earth,” Bezos said in a video accompanying the post. “I wanted to go on this flight because it’s a thing I’ve wanted to do all my life. It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me.”

Bezos ended his post with Blue Origin’s motto of “Gradatim Ferociter.” Which when translated from Latin means “to step with ferocity.”

The 59-foot rocket capsule will bring Bezo and 5 others into the sub orbit where they will float for about 11 minutes then make the ascension to 60 miles above the earth.

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