Here’s a brief look at the quartet of future astronauts.
Jeff Bezos, 57, will leave behind the planet where he made his great fortune for a few minutes in a spaceship built by the company he founded in 2000, when he was still a single-digit billionaire.
Six years before that, he opened a small online bookstore called Amazon.com in his garage. Bezos’ net worth is estimated today at more than $ 200 billion.
Jeff Bezos has invited his brother Mark, a financier who runs the Bezos Family Foundation and works as a volunteer firefighter.
The two are best friends, and Jeff shared the moment he surprised his brother, six years his junior, by asking him to join the mission in a video that went viral on Instagram last month.
At 82, the barrier-breaking aviator Wally Funk is about to become the oldest astronaut in history, fulfilling a lifelong dream that was thwarted by early space age sexism.
Funk, who took his first flight lesson at age nine, excelled at the Mercury 13 project, which aimed to train women for space using the same standards as male astronauts, but the program was ultimately rejected.
However, she had a successful aviation career, becoming the first aviation safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board and serving as a lead pilot at several flight schools.
Oliver Daemen, 18, will become the youngest astronaut. He has a private pilot’s license and is a space enthusiast who will study physics in college this fall.
The Dutch teenager is flying in place of the still anonymous winner of a public auction of $ 28 million, who asked to pass this time due to “scheduling conflicts” and will leave on a later trip.
Daemen’s ticket was paid for by his father, the CEO of a private equity firm, CNBC reported.