Blue Origin plans fifth flight into space next week

(ORDO NEWS) — Jeff Bezos-owned space travel company Blue Origin announced Friday that it will launch its next six-passenger space shuttle launch on May 20.

One of the passengers will be the first ever woman born in Mexico to go into space.

The launch is scheduled from West Texas at 13:30 GMT. For the company, this will be the fifth sending of people into space.

Katia Echazarreta was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to the USA at the age of 7. At 26, she will become the youngest American woman to go into space.

The young engineer was selected from among 7,000 candidates for the Space for Humanity program, which aims to democratize access to space.

The crew will also include the second Brazilian to go into space, Victor Correa HespaƱa.

Blue Origin’s flight is planned to be above the Karman Line, considered the boundary between Earth‘s atmosphere and space, at an altitude of 100 kilometers (62 miles) above sea level. The flight duration will be approximately 10 minutes.

Passengers will be able to unfasten their seat belts and soar for a few moments in zero gravity, admiring the outlines of the Earth from the windows.

The cost of such a trip was not disclosed.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos himself participated in the first launch of humans into space on the New Shepard rocket in July 2021.

Since then, the rocket has also carried Star Trek film icon William Shatner and the daughter of the first American to go into space, Laura Shepard Cherkley, into space.


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