scheduled for next week
Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin space tourism company announced Friday that its next rocket will take off on May 20 with six passengers on board.
One of the travelers will be the first woman born in Mexico to go into space.
Liftoff is scheduled for 8: 30 am (1330 GMT) from western Texas. This will be the fifth manned flight by the company.
Katya Echazarreta was born in Guadalajara (Mexico) and arrived in the United States when she was seven years old. Now 26, she will become the youngest American woman in space. The engineer was sponsored by the “Space for Humanity” program, which seeks to democratize access to space and selected her from among 7,000 candidates.
The crew will also include Victor Correa Hespanha, the second Brazilian to be in space.
Blue Origin takes passengers above the Karman line, which marks the start of space at 100 kilometers (62 miles) high. The flight lasts about 10 minutes total.
The price of a ticket cannot be determined.
Amazon founder Bezos participated in the first manned flight of the New Shepard rocket in July 2021. The rocket has carried William Shatner, Star Trek’s icon, and Laura Shepard Churchley (the daughter of the first American to orbit), since then.