Jeff Bezos will start his first trip to space, challenging Musk

Jun 16, 2021


In the battle of billionaires with rocket companies, Jeff Bezos will finally beat Elon Musk. Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, said that he would take a trip to space next month when Blue Origin, the rocket company he founded more than two decades ago, conducts its first human spaceflight.

Bezos, a sci-fi fan since childhood, has an Interstellar-esque hope for humankind's future in space. He has always wanted to go to space himself, in his own lifetime, since he was 5 years old and watched Neil Armstrong walk on the surface of the moon. "It made me who I am today," Mr. Bezos recalled. And he has been maneuvering toward that dream ever since.

Notably, Mr. Bezos' company announced last month that it was finally ready to put people on board for its next test flight, the 16th, on July 20, the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.