The Timaru Herald

Winning auction bid for a seat on rocket: $40m

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Blue Origin raised $28 million (NZ$40 million) by auctioning a seat to accompany founder Jeff Bezos on a July 20 rocket ride – the first time the company will carry people to space. The identity of the winner won’t be revealed for a few weeks, Blue Origin said yesterday. The day’s live auction followed weeks of online bidding with more than 7000 submission­s from people in 159 countries. Bezos’ brother, Mark, will also make the trip. The 11-minute excursion, will carry as many as six passengers. Blue Origin hasn’t yet revealed who else will be aboard the New Shepard spacecraft.

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