Here’s a transient take a look at the quartet of soon-to-be astronauts.
Jeff Bezos, 57, will go away behind the planet the place he made his huge fortune for a couple of minutes on a spaceship constructed by the corporate he based in 2000, when he was nonetheless merely a single-digit billionaire.
Six years earlier than that, he began a small on-line bookstore referred to as Amazon.com out of his storage. Bezos’ web value is at present estimated at greater than $200 billion.
Jeff Bezos has invited alongside his brother Mark, a financier who directs the Bezos Household Basis and works as a volunteer firefighter.
The pair are finest pals, and Jeff shared the second he stunned his sibling, six years his junior, by asking him to affix the mission in a video that went viral on Instagram final month.
At 82, barrier-breaking girl aviator Wally Funk is about to grow to be the oldest ever astronaut, fulfilling a lifelong dream that was thwarted by the sexism of the early house period.
Funk, who took her first flying lesson aged 9, excelled within the Mercury 13 venture which was meant to coach ladies for house utilizing the identical requirements as male astronauts, however this system was finally nixed.
She nonetheless had an completed profession in aviation, turning into the primary feminine air security investigator for the Nationwide Transportation Security Board, and serving as chief pilot in a number of flight faculties.
Oliver Daemen, 18, is ready to grow to be the youngest astronaut. He holds a personal pilot’s license and is an area fanatic who will examine physics in college this fall.
The Dutch teen is flying rather than the nonetheless nameless winner of a $28 million public public sale, who requested to go this time due to “scheduling conflicts,” and can go on a later journey.
Daemen’s ticket was paid for by his father, the CEO of a personal fairness agency, CNBC reported.