Someone just paid $28-M to fly into space with Jeff Bezos

Any chance of a seat sale soon?
Jun 14, 2021
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If space tourism becomes eventually a thing, it’s going to be very, very, very expensive.

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ privately funded pursuit of space travel, has just announced that the first seat on the New Shepard—the company’s first-ever crewed flight—has been filled following an online auction with almost 7,600 bidders from 159 countries. The winning amount? A whopping $28 million. That’s over P1.3 billion.

Yeah, we figure we’ll wait for the seat sale.

Essentially, someone (the winning bidder has yet to be named) paid a small fortune for first dibs on public space travel. Well, that and the privilege of blasting off into space in the company of the Amazon founder and his brother Mark. We wonder what small talk during takeoff is going to sound like—figure it’s the stuff wealth porn is made of?

That sum is worth over 1,000 Mazda MX-5s. Actually, that’s not much of a comparison in the grand scheme of billionaire bank accounts. How’s over 160 Lamborghini Huracans or a couple of dozen McLaren Sennas sound?

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Bezos won’t be pocketing those dollars, however. The entire amount is being donated to the Club for the Future Foundation, which is dedicated to getting today’s youth to “help invent the future of life in space.”

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