Registration for the anonymous auction of the ticket to travel to space on the New Shepard spacecraft ended today and the highest bid was $ 4.8 million. When will we know who the winner is?
With every minute that passes, we are closer to the first flight into space of the New Shepard, which will be on July 20. That day Jeff Bezos' spaceship will fly its first crew of astronauts into space together with the founder of Amazon, his brother, and the winner of the auction that is taking place.
Today, the Blue Origin page, where the auction took place, received bids to buy the ticket until 5 pm EDT / 21:00 UTC and, before closing, the site registered that the highest offer was $ 4,800,000 dollars. for the trip that will last less than 15 minutes, but that will remain forever engraved in space tourism history.
However, $ 4,800,000 will not be enough to occupy a seat at New Shepard, because the live auction that will take place on June 12 at 1 pm EDT / 5 pm UT has yet to take place and there will surely be those who are willing to pay. a little or a lot more.
The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin's foundation, Club for the Future, to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and help invent the future of life. in the space.
The winner of the first ticket will have the opportunity to fly high enough to contemplate the Earth next to the millionaire Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark.
"On July 20th, #NewShepard will fly its first astronaut crew to space. We are offering one seat on this first flight to the winning bidder of @BlueOrigin’s online auction.," said Bezos on his Ig account.
Business Insider notes that more than 6,000 applicants from 143 countries have tried to keep a ticket since the auction launched five weeks ago.
It is a short flight, lasting approximately 11 minutes, in which the crew will be able to experience microgravity and appreciate the curve of the Earth on the horizon for a few minutes.