Blue Origin revealed Thursday that the fourth member of its first crewed flight will be the youngest person ever to fly to space.
Oliver Daemen, 18, will join Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos (Jeff’s brother) and 82-year-old Wally Funk on a spaceflight set to launch next Tuesday from west Texas. Funk, a pioneering pilot who dreamed of being an astronaut in the 1960s, will become the oldest person to travel to space.
Blue Origin auctioned the final seat on its inaugural crewed flight for a whopping $28 million.
In a surprise announcement Thursday, however, the company said the anonymous auction winner will not be able to join the historic spaceflight due to “scheduling conflicts.” The bidder, who seeks to remain anonymous, will join a future mission, the company said.
Daemen will now earn the title of the first paying customer to board the space tourism firm’s New Shepard spacecraft. The company did not reveal how much Daemen paid for his seat.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Catherine Thorbecke