CHANCE OF A LIFETIME: Space Tourism Tickets Going On Sales Wednesday

Jeff Bezos - founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, and owner of The Washington Post - introduces Blue Origin's lunar lander in May 2019. Washington Post photo by Jonathan Newton
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Blue Origin, billionaire Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, is poised to open up ticket sales on Wednesday for suborbital sightseeing trips on its New Shepard spacecraft, a landmark moment as U.S. firms strive toward a new era of private commercial space travel.

Blue Origin is expected to announce details on how to purchase a seat, the timing of the first flight, and the cost for a ticket, which has been a carefully guarded secret inside Blue for years.

Reuters reported in 2018 that Blue was planning to charge passengers at least $200,000 for the ride, based on an appraisal of rival plans from billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc and other considerations, though its thinking may have changed.

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