Blue Origin Announces First Manned Flight Will Have Youngest Person to Visit Space

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Oliver Daemen

18-year-old Oliver Daemen becomes the youngest astronaut in history.

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Blue Origin’s first manned flight will bring a number of superlatives into space with its four passengers. New Shepard’s crew pod contains not only the world’s richest man – Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – but also the 82-year-old oldest person to ever go to space. aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and the youngest, an 18-year-old student in the Netherlands named Oliver Daemen.

Daemen was announced on Thursday as the last passenger of the historic mission (Bezos’ brother Mark will also be on board). Blue Origin said in a statement that the aspiring pilot will be the company’s first paying customer, but will not be the winner of an auction that paid $28 million for the privilege.

“The winner of the Blue Origin auction, who has asked to remain anonymous at this time, has chosen to fly on a future New Shepard mission due to scheduling conflicts,” the statement read.

A spokesperson for Blue Origin clarified to CNET that Daemen was a participant in the auction that secured a seat on the second flight and was subsequently scammed when the highest bidder was unavailable to fly on Tuesday.

Daemen has graduated from high school in 2020 and plans to go to the Dutch University of Utrecht to study physics and innovation management. He is the son of hedge fund founder Joes Daemen, who appears to be give his son an epic graduation gift.

The announcement comes shortly after Blue Origin’s nonprofit, Club for the Future, revealed on Wednesday it was donating $19 million from the auction will go to 19 space and education organizations, including the Mars Society, Planetary Society, Space Camp and Teachers in Space.

Tuesday we will livestream the Blue Origin mission and that is possible get all the details here.

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