Blue Origin wants to break two world records by sending astronauts 18 and 82 years old into space. This will happen on July 20 – during the first passenger flight with the founder of the company Jeff Bezos.
The 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk, best known for trying to get into NASA’s astronaut program in the 1960s, and 18-year-old Oliver Demen will fly aboard the New Shepard rocket. The rocket is scheduled to launch from the Blue Origin launch site in West Texas.
A professional astronaut must meet strict requirements for education, work experience, and health status, so the age of astronauts usually ranges from 30 to 60 years. The oldest astronaut to reach space was John Glenn, who participated in the Mercury program. She was dropped from the astronaut roster because women were not allowed to be astronauts or military pilots until the 1970s. At that time, military service was required to be selected for astronauts.
Funk was personally invited by Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. Bezos’ brother Mark will be the third passenger and the fourth seat has been auctioned. The sum of 28 million US dollars was offered by an anonymous author who had to postpone his space flight due to other plans.
Oliver Demen graduated from high school and enters the Faculty of Physics and Innovation at the University of Utrecht. Blue Origin also revealed that Demen has dreamed of becoming an astronaut since he was 4 and is already working on obtaining a pilot’s license.
Demen is going to break the record set by German Titov. On August 6, 1961, the Vostok-2 spacecraft launched 25-year-old Titov, a military pilot who became the fourth man in space after Yuri Gagarin, Alan Shepard and Virgil Grissom. Titov also became the first person to spend more than a day in space.