Blue Origin on Monday revealed details of the company's first flight into space with astronauts onboard just one day after Richard Branson successfully completed a test flight into space with Virgin Galactic.
According to Blue Origin, the live broadcast of New Shepard's 16th flight into space will kick off on BlueOrigin.com at 6:30 a.m. CDT on July 20. Liftoff is targeted for 8 a.m. CDT, a Blue Origin spokesperson confirmed.
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Bezos' July 20 launch date marks the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He assigned himself to the flight just a month ago and asked his brother, Mark, to join him.
Accompanying both brothers on the mission will be a $28 million auction winner and Wally Funk, one of the last surviving members of the Mercury 13 who was chosen as his "honored guest." The 13 female pilots passed the same tests as NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts in the early 1960s, but were barred from the corps – and spaceflight – because they were women.