About two weeks after he steps down as Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos will go to space.
He announced on Monday that he will be one of three passengers on Blue Origin's first human flight, on the New Shepard rocket. His brother, Mark, will join him, alongside the winner of an auction. Bidding is currently at $2.8 million.
The flight is scheduled for July 20, and proceeds from the auction will go to Blue Origin's "Club for the Future" foundation. If all goes to plan, Jeff Bezos will beat Elon Musk to space, though the SpaceX founder has said he might move to Mars.
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