All crew members joining Jeff Bezos in space flight
Aboard the New Shepard capsule will be the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, becoming the second billionaire to travel into space.
The 57-year-old billionaire will launch into space on his very own rocket ship that was built by his company, Blue Origin.
Joining Bezos on the launch will be his best friend and younger brother, Mark Bezos, a 53-year-old former marketing executive and volunteer firefighter.
In one of Jeff Bezos' Instagrams posts he said: “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of travelling to space.
“On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend”.
The two brothers also have a middle sister called Christina, and spent a lot of time on their grandparents' cattle ranch in Cotulla, Texas when they were growing up.
Other crew members joining the brothers will be 82-year-old, Wally Funk who trained as an astronaut in a 1960s program for women pilots.
This will be the pilots first trip into space despite her many year’s of training and will become the oldest astronaut ever.
Wally is an “honoured guest” aboard the New Shepard, after previous training and the long-awaited time to finally be able to head into space.
Along with the oldest astronaut, the fourth member joining the crew will be the youngest to head into space, 18-year-old, student Oliver Daemen.
The student secured his ticket after a millionaire gave up his $28million ticket after his schedule did not work alongside the launch date.
The ticket was given to Oliver as a runner up, however, it is yet to be confirmed how much the millionaire’s parents paid for his ticket.
Speaking about their youngest crew member, Blue Origin said it would "fulfil a lifelong dream for Oliver”.
Currently taking a gap year, Oliver studies physics and innovation management. It is said he has always had a fascination with space, rockets and the Moon since he was just four years old.
The four members will be travelling to space in the New Shepherd capsule, which has been launched into space 15 times before, but has yet never had crew members aboard. This will be the first time.
It has the largest windows to ever take to space, offering spectacular views alongside a weightless experience in space.
You can catch the launch and four crew members as they make their way to space live today on blueorigina.com, broadcasting starts at 12.30pm BST with blast off currently scheduled at 2pm BST.
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