World’s richest man Jeff Bezos will today be blasted into space in a mission he hopes will pave the way for tourists to explore the galaxy.
The 57-year-old Amazon founder will take part in his company Blue Origin’s first suborbital flight – alongside the oldest and youngest people ever bound for space.
He will go into orbit with his brother Mark, 53, 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemon and pilot Wally Funk, 82.
Bezos and his three crewmates are due to fly from a desert site in West Texas on an 11-minute trip aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard, a 60-foot-tall (18.3 meters).
A livestream of the historic mission will begin at 12.30pm UK time.
He follows billionaire Richard Branson, who travelled to the edge of space in a Virgin Galactic rocket plane earlier this month.
“I am excited, but not anxious. We’ll see how I feel when I’m strapped into my seat,” Bezos said in an interview with Fox Business Network yesterday.
“We’re ready. The vehicle’s ready. This team is amazing. I feel very good about it. And I think my fellow crewmates feel good about it, too.”
We’ll be following the historic mission below