Blue Origin, the space flight company founded and owned by Jeff Bezos, is giving a seat on its very first human flight next month to an individual who pledged a winning bid of $28 million at an auction Saturday.
The company announced the win on Twitter following the livestreamed auction, which lasted less than 10 minutes after opening at $4.9 million, with more than 20 bidders participating.
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That came after nearly 7,600 people from 159 countries had registered to bid on a seat for the July 20 space flight by the time registration closed Thursday, according to ABC News, with pre-auction bidding ending at $4.8 million.
Blue Origin said the $28 million would be donated to Club for the Future, Blue Origin’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to “inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and to help invent the future of life in space,” according to its website.
Read more at The Hill.