Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin announced its first paying customer, who at 18 years old will also be the youngest person to travel to space. Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen will join the Amazon founder, his brother, Mark Bezos, and pilot Wally Funk when they launch into space aboard the New Shepard rocket July 20. When Daemen becomes the youngest astronaut, Funk, 82, will become the oldest. Daemen secured the position after the original $28 million winner of Blue Origin's auction for the spot — who remains anonymous — chose a later mission "due to scheduling conflicts," according to the company. “Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us build a road to space,” Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith said.
“This marks the beginning of commercial operations for New Shepard, and Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us build a road to space.” —
Bob Smith, Blue Origin CEO