The full amount of the winning bid will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future / ©Blue Origin
Landing includes a stable freefall back to earth and several parachutes to slow the capsule / ©Blue Origin
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Astronauts will experience several minutes of weightlessness and witness extraordinary views of Earth before strapping back in for re-entry. Landing includes a stable freefall back to earth and several parachutes to slow the capsule, creating a gentle touchdown. The whole flight will last around 11 minutes, but the experience of being onboard the New Shephard will be life-changing.
If the experience alone wasn’t enough, the full amount of the winning bid will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future. Founded in 2019, Club for the Future is on a mission to invent the “future of life in space” and inspire future generations to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
There are several ways the foundation and its collaborators are doing this, including the Postcards-to-Space program. Within this program, K-12 students are invited to write or draw their vision for what they think space will look like in the future on a postcard. The postcards are then launched into space on the New Shephard missions (the rocket has already successfully completed several unmanned missions). Club for the Future has also created resources to help kids access space-focused activities and lessons.
To find out more or place your bid, visit blueorigin.com.