‘I have never ordered anything from Amazon’, Teen tells Bezos on space trip
On the ten-minute space orbital trip, Bezos took three people; his brother, Mark Bezos, Daemen, and 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk,
On July the 20th, the Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen became the world’s youngest space traveler at 18 years old.
After another candidate bidding $28 million canceled the ride at the last minute, Daemen found out he would be joining the flight while on a family holiday in Italy.
Daemen had dreamt of space travel since he was a child, so when they called to ask if he was still interested, his immediate response was, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
This trip was launched by the exploration company, Blue Origin, after the business tycoon Jeff Bezos sold billions of dollars worth of his stock in Amazon.
On the ten-minute space orbital trip, Bezos took three people; his brother, Mark Bezos, Daemen, and 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk making her the oldest person to go on a ten-minute trip to space.
Surprisingly, on the trip, Daemen told Bezos that he had never ordered anything from Amazon.com.
“I told Jeff, like, I’ve actually never bought something from Amazon,” Daemen informed Reuters on Friday, at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, “And he was like, ‘Oh, wow, it’s a long time ago I heard someone say that.”
When prompted about what it was like travelling in a rocket ship with a billionaire, he answered with a smile,
“They were super fun and all down to earth, as funny as that may sound.”
Daemen talked about how wonderful the trip itself was, saying, “I don’t think I realized it until I was in the rocket: ‘Wow, it’s really happening,” he exclaimed. “It was my ultimate, ultimate goal but I never thought it was going to be this soon.”
Even though he didn’t even pay close to $28 million, young Daemen was chosen for the trip because he was trained as a pilot and possessed knowledge about space as a physics student.
“That was super cool. It’s so weird to be weightless. It was easier than I had expected. It was kind of like being in the water.”
Safety training was given to the crew before the flight, but nothing too tedious, according to Daemen.
In September, he is set to start at Utrecht University and said that while he was not sure about what he wanted to do later in life, he would seriously consider a career in space travel.
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