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Meet the crew: Jeff Bezos is launching to the edge of space with his brother, an 82-year-old aviator, and a Dutch teen

Meet the crew: Jeff Bezos is launching to the edge of space with his brother, an 82-year-old aviator, and a Dutch teen

Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos.
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Blue Origin has finally revealed the identities of all the passengers on Jeff Bezos' spaceflight.




The crew includes Mark Bezos, Jeff's younger brother, and Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aviator.




They'll be joined by Oliver Daemen, a Dutch teen who will be Blue Origin's first paying customer.




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The richest person on Earth is about to rocket to the edge of space, but he won't be doing it alone.Jeff Bezos, who founded the spaceflight company Blue Origin in 2000, is set to take its New Shepard rocket for a ride next week. He's taking three others with him: his brother Mark, an 82-year-old aviator named Wally Funk, and an 18-year-old high school graduate named Oliver Daemen.If all goes according to plan, that motley crew will lift off from Blue Origin's West Texas launchpad at around 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday. The New Shepard rocket will scream through the atmosphere, pressing the passengers into their seats, before releasing the passenger capsule and allowing it to arc past the edge of space.For about three minutes, Bezos and his companions will feel weightless. They'll be able to float around the spaceship's cabin, admiring the Earth's curvature below them, before gravity begins to pull them back down. After a high-speed plunge through the atmosphere, the capsule should release three parachutes and drift safely to the Texas desert.
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