Blue Origin auctions seat on space flight with Jeff Bezos and his brother for $28 million

Brett Molina
USA TODAY
This undated illustration provided by Blue Origin shows the capsule that the company aims to take tourists into space.

Blue Origin, the aerospace company started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has auctioned a seat on its first human flight to space for $28 million.

The unnamed, winning bidder will sit aboard the New Shepard vessel on its first human flight July 20, the same one which will carry Jeff Bezos and his brother, Mark.

In a statement Saturday, Blue Origin said nearly 7,600 people registered to bid from 159 countries.

Blue Origin said the winning bid will be donated to its foundation Club for the Future, aimed at inspiring future generations to pursue careers in STEM.

On June 7, Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin confirmed he would go aboard the new Shepard's first human flight next month.

"Ever since I was 5 years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space," said Bezos in a video post on his personal Instagram account. "On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother."

July 20th will be the 52nd anniversary of the 1969 Apollo moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. 

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