A New Shepard rocket launch by Kent-based Blue Origin in West Texas. COURTESY PHOTO, Blue Origin

A New Shepard rocket launch by Kent-based Blue Origin in West Texas. COURTESY PHOTO, Blue Origin

Highest bid at $2.6 million for seat on Blue Origin rocket to space

Kent-based company reveals online bids that continue until June 10

The highest bid sits at $2.6 million so far for a seat on Kent-based Blue Origin’s flight into space this summer.

When Blue Origin unsealed the online bidding early Wednesday morning, May 19, the highest bid was at $1.4 million, according to a Blue Origin spokesperson. Bids began May 5. The unsealed online bidding continues until June 10 with the current high bid visible on BlueOrigin.com.

The live online auction will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 12 for all verified bidders. Participants must raise their bid limit by June 10 at 2 p.m. to participate in the June 12 live auction.

More than 5,200 people from 136 countries have placed bids for a seat on New Shepard for the July 20 flight out of Blue Origin’s launch site in West Texas. The winning bidder will join the company’s first astronaut crew into space.

The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space.

Owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin’s goals are to get astronauts back on the Moon and people living and working in space. The company opened in Kent in 2000 and expanded its headquarters in 2020 to a 236,000-square-foot blue-colored facility along 76th Avenue South between South 212th and South 228th streets.

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