The auction took place on Saturday and within four minutes the bids crossed $ 20 million (about Rs 150 crore). This auction closed 7 minutes after the start. The company said that the $28 million raised in the bid would be donated to the Club Blue Origin Foundation for the future. So that future generations can make new inventions for life in space.
Blue Origin said in a statement that the name of the winner of the auction will be released in the coming weeks after certain formalities are completed. Amazon CEO and space enthusiast Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000 to take humans into space. Along with this statement, the company has also released a video of the auction process.
Blue Origin’s new spaceship New Shepard is a reusable sub-orbital rocket system that will be launched from West Texas on July 20. This launch will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the commercial space in the US. Another billionaire tycoon Elon Musk has started sending humans into space with his SpaceX company. At the same time, Richard Branson of Virgin Company is also trying to go to space and may try to reach space before that.
In an Instagram post last week, Bezos announced in a video message that he would be on Blue Origin’s first space flight with his brother Mark. “Looking at Earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s the only Earth,” Bezos says in the video.