NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Jeff Bezos on Monday announced that he and his brother will be heading into space in July.
The Amazon founder made the announcement on Instagram.
"Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend. #GradatimFerociter," Bezos wrote.
Bezos and his brother Mark will join the Blue Origin auction winner on the New Shepard's first human flight set for July 20th.
The live auction for the seat is on June 12th. The current high bid is at $2,800,000 after bids from approximately 6,000 people from 143 countries.
The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, whose mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and to help invent the future of life in space.
The capsule was built with gigantic windows and will launch from remote Van Horn, Texas on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Bezos announced in early February that he was stepping down as CEO of Amazon to spend more time focusing on Blue Origin, among other things.
“To see the Earth from space, it changes you, changes your relationship with this planet. It’s one Earth,” Bezos said in the Instagram post. “I want 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.”