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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the richest man in the world, is about to make his first flight in space, Tuesday, July 20. The countdown is on: departure scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Texan desert. Journalist Jean-Christophe Batteria tells us about the last preparations.
Jeff Bezos is about to show that space tourism is possible. A few days after his rival Richard Branson, the American billionaire will fly into space, in the company of an unprecedented crew. Besides his brother Marc, he will fly with Wally Funk, an 82-year-old female airplane pilot, who had applied in the 1960s for Project Mercury but was not selected by NASA, which had only chosen men . Olivier Daemen, 18, will also be there, becoming the youngest “astronaut” in history. It was his father, a wealthy Dutch businessman, who bought him his ticket at auction, for the modest sum of 23 million euros.
Jeff Bezos and his teammates aren’t the first space tourists. But this is the first time that such untrained people have been to space. “The previous nine space tourists had all undergone terrible training“, Explain Jean-Christophe Batteria, journalist from France Télévisions present on the 12/13 plateau. The flight will be fully automatic, from take-off to landing, including the parabolic flight at 3,500 kilometers per hour. At the top, passengers will have the right to a few minutes of weightlessness to enjoy the landscape.