The 18-year-old Oliver Daemen becomes the youngest astronaut in history.
will carry a number of superlatives into space with its four passengers. In the New Shepard crew capsule is not only the richest man in the world – Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – but also the oldest person who has ever flown into space, 82 years old , and the youngest, an 18 year old student in the Netherlands named Oliver Daemen.
Daemen was announced Thursday as the last passenger on the historic mission (Bezos’ brother Mark will also be on board). Blue Origin said in a statement that the aspiring pilot will be the company’s first paying customer, but not the winner of an auction that
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“The winner of the Blue Origin auction, who wishes to remain anonymous at this point, has chosen a future New Shepard mission due to scheduling conflicts,” the statement said.
A spokesman for Blue Origin told CNET that Daemen was a participant in the auction who secured a seat on the second flight and was then picked up when the highest bidder was unable to fly on Tuesday.
Daemen graduated from high school in 2020 and plans to study physics and innovation management at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is the son of hedge fund founder Joes Daemen, who appears to be giving his son an epic graduation gift.
The announcement comes shortly after Blue Origin’s charitable foundation Club for the Future announced on Wednesday that it was donating $ 19 million from auction proceeds to 19 space and education organizations, including the Mars Society, Planetary Society, and Space Camp and Teachers in Space.
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