Blue Origin Seats Going for $2.8M

More than 5,000 applicants are vying for six tickets to space.

Jeff Bezos’ commercial space firm Blue Origin is auctioning off six seats on its 60-foot New Shepard spacecraft.

According to the company, more than 5,000 applicants from over 130 countries have provided sealed bids for a ticket.

The 11-minute trip, which will be the company’s first space tourism flight, will travel 62 miles above Earth’s surface on July 20.

The highest current bid sits at $2.8 million. All money raised from the auction will go towards Blue Origin's foundation, Club for the Future.

The foundation works toward the development of life in space and inspiring careers in science.

When the New Shepard reaches a certain altitude, the capsule, which sits on the top of the rocket booster, separates, re-enters the atmosphere, and opens its parachutes for a safe landing.

The craft recently carried out its 15th consecutive successful flight without a crew on April 14 when it transported a crash-test dummy named Mannequin Skywalker.

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