Jeff Bezos, brother going to space on Blue Origin’s first human flight

Jeff Bezos’ first move after formally stepping down as CEO of Amazon? A trip to space.

The founder of the retailing giant confirmed Monday he and his brother, Mark, will board the first human flight of New Shepard, a suborbital rocket system developed by his aerospace company Blue Origin.

“Ever since I was five 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.”

Jeff and Mark Bezos will join the winner of an auction of a seat aboard the New Shepard to participate in the flight. The current top bid is $2.8 million.

Last month, Amazon announced Bezos will leave his role as CEO and become executive chair on July 5. At that time, Andy Jassy will assume the CEO position. 

This story is developing.

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