Blue Origin launches New Shepard rocket with Jeff Bezos onboard (LIVE) | USA TODAY 1

Blue Origin launches New Shepard rocket with Jeff Bezos onboard (LIVE) | USA TODAY

Jeff Bezos launches into space onboard Blue Origin's tourism-focused New Shepard vehicle, the company's first crewed flight.
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Jeff Bezos' first move after formally stepping down as CEO of Amazon? A trip to space.

The founder of the retailing giant confirmed Monday he and his brother, Mark, will ride on the first human flight of New Shepard, a suborbital rocket system developed by his aerospace company Blue Origin.

"Ever since I was 5 years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space," said Bezos in a video post on his personal Instagram account. "On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother."

July 20th will be the 52nd anniversary of the 1969 Apollo moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

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