Updated: June 9, 2021 11:31:27 am
Twitter was abuzz with multitude of reactions after Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he will go to space when his company, Blue Origin, launches its first passenger-carrying mission next month.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, June 7, the billionaire said that he plans to travel with his brother Mark Bezos. The launch is currently scheduled to take place on July 20, about two weeks after he plans to step down as CEO of Amazon.com Inc.
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of travelling to space,” Bezos said in the post. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend,” he wrote, sharing the news.
As soon as the news broke, many reacted to the news on Twitter. #JeffBezos also dominated trends on Twitter, globally. Take a look at some of the reactions here:
After #JeffBezos off to space this July.
— 𝖳𝖏 (@EverSince__97) June 7, 2021
#JeffBezos said I’m taking amazon literally to the moon!
— Oilyboi (@luisr5432) June 7, 2021
— Greg Brian (@Gregoriancant) June 8, 2021
— SpO5 (@nikolatesla005) June 7, 2021
— jamison (@jay_ozymandias) June 7, 2021
— Chamath (@chamathspicks) June 8, 2021
— Meme se Moiez 🧟♂️ (@parhle_Moiez) June 7, 2021
— Michael König (@08MiKowitsch15) June 7, 2021
— J⚡ (@cryptoautismo) June 7, 2021
How long before #JeffBezos establishes Amazon Prime deliveries on the moon?
— Jeremy Shaner (@shaner_english) June 7, 2021
— Kerry Donnelly (@kerrydonnelly92) June 7, 2021
— Nayan🧋 (@Nayanikawho) June 7, 2021
— Ronan Gildea (@RoGildea) June 7, 2021
According to Bloomberg, Blue Origin is auctioning off one seat on its New Shepard rocket for the July 20 flight. The seat will be the only one available for purchase on the flight, and the proceeds will go to Blue Origin’s foundation, ‘Club for the Future’, which promotes math and science education.
Jeff and Mark Bezos’ trip will last 11 minutes, reaching the suborbital space which will be at an altitude of about 100 kilometres (62 miles), above the Earth.