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Who is going up on Blue Origin's New Shepard in West Texas?

The oldest and youngest person to go into space will be onboard, as well as Jeff Bezos and his brother, Mark.
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VAN HORN, Texas — When Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket goes up Tuesday, it'll have on it the youngest person to ever go into space as well as the oldest. It'll also have billionaire Jeff Bezos and his brother as passengers. The four of them will be the only ones on Blue Origin's first human spaceflight.

Jeff Bezos

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FILE- In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, speaks at The Economic Club of Washington's Milestone Celebration in Washington.

AP: Jeff Bezos created Blue Origin in 2000, a move that he said prompted his high school girlfriend to observe, “Jeff started Amazon just to get enough money to do Blue Origin — and I can’t prove her wrong.” He has said he finances the rocket company by selling $1 billion in Amazon stock a year. Bezos caught the space bug at age 5 while watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s moon landing on July, 20, 1969. He chose the 52nd anniversary for his own launch. Enamored by space history, Bezos named his New Shepard rocket after Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and his bigger, still-in-development New Glenn rocket after John Glenn, the first American in orbit. The 57-year-old Bezos — who also owns The Washington Post — stepped down as Amazon’s CEO earlier this month and last week donated $200 million to the Smithsonian Institution to renovate its National Air and Space Museum and launch an education center. “To see the Earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity,” he said. “It’s a thing I’ve wanted to do all my life.”

Mark  Bezos

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In this Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 photo, Mark Bezos attends day two of Summit LA17 in Los Angeles. When Blue Origin launches people into space for the first time on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, Mark Bezos will be on board with his brother Jeff Bezos, an 82-year-old aviation pioneer and a teenager. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Mark Bezos, 50, is an investor and volunteer firefighter.

Wally Funk 

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In this 2019 photo made available by NASA, Mercury 13 astronaut trainee Wally Funk visits the Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio. On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Blue Origin announced the early female aerospace pioneer will be aboard the company's July 20 launch from West Texas, flying as an "honored guest." (NASA via AP)

AP: At age 82, Willie Funk will become the oldest person in space. She was among 13 female pilots — the so-called Mercury 13 — who took the same tests in the early 1960s as NASA’s Mercury 7 astronauts, but were barred because of their gender. “Finally!" Funk exclaimed when offered a seat alongside Bezos.  

Oliver Daemen

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This undated photo provided by his family in July 2021 shows Oliver Daemen. The 18-year-old from the Netherlands is about to become the youngest person in space. Blue Origin announced Thursday, July 15, 2021, that the teenager will be traveling on the July 20 launch in West Texas. (Daemen Family via AP)

Dutch citizen Oliver Daemen is going up on New Shepard. At 18, he will become the youngest person in space. His financier father bid on the capsule seat in June, but dropped out when the price soared. Blue Origin came calling just over a week ago, after the unidentified auction winner switched to a later flight. The teenage space fanatic, who starts college this fall, is Blue Origin's first paying customer; no word on what his ticket cost.

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