Oliver Daemen grew to become the youngest particular person to journey to area, however he has by no means shopped on the platform of the particular person answerable for his feat.

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On June 20, pupil Oliver Daemen took off with Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin’s first manned space trip . Thus, the 18-year-old Dutchman grew to become the youngest person in history to travel to space. Regardless of this feat, the boy confessed to the tycoon that he has by no means purchased by the Amazon platform.

“I instructed Jeff that I had by no means really purchased something on Amazon,” Daemen revealed final Friday throughout an interview at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. “And he was like, ‘Oh, I have never heard somebody say that in a very long time.’

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Oliver is the son of Joes Daemen, CEO of Somerset Capital Companions, and was chosen to fly with Bezos after the mysterious millionaire who paid $28 million for the seat canceled at the last minute citing “scheduling problems.”

The boy acquired the information whereas on a household trip in Italy. “They known as and mentioned, ‘Are you continue to ?’ and we mentioned ‘Sure! Sure! Sure!’” says Daemen, who added that since he was a baby he had dreamed of touring to area and subsequently obtained his pilot’s license at an early age.

Daemen mentioned his passage aboard Bezos’s New Shepard rocket value a lot lower than what the nameless mogul would have paid.

“They selected me as a result of I used to be the youngest and I used to be additionally a pilot and I already knew lots about that,” he defined. “I do not suppose I spotted till I used to be on the rocket: ‘Wow, it is actually taking place.’ It was my final aim (…) however I by no means thought it might be so quickly.”

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Along with Jeff Bezos and Oliver Daemen, the crew included Mark Bezos (Jeff’s brother) and aviator Wally Funk, 82, who now holds the title of the oldest particular person to enter area. All of them acquired two days of security coaching for the historic 10-minute journey out of Earth’s environment.

For now, Daemen is having fun with the ultimate weeks of his hole 12 months earlier than coming into faculty. In September, he’ll start a Physics diploma on the College of Utrecht and, though he isn’t but certain what he needs to do together with his life, he mentioned he would significantly take into account a profession in area journey.

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