He will be the youngest in space so far

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Published 16 July 2021 at 20.46

Space. 18-year-old Oliver Daemen from the Netherlands will be the youngest in space when he is launched next week on board Blue Origins' space rocket New Shepard. Blue Origin writes in a press release.

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The first ticket for a space trip aboard New Shepard was auctioned off in the spring and the winner, who chose to remain secret, paid $ 28 million for it.

But the auction winner has announced that he or she will not be able to follow when the rocket takes off on Tuesday. That's why 18-year-old Oliver has to go instead. How much Oliver paid for his ticket, however, is secret.

Oliver Daemen's father Joe is described as a Dutch real estate mogul and it is said that he paid for his son's space trip.

Oliver Daemen will be the youngest human ever in space. The previous record is held by the Russian cosmonaut Gherman Titov, who was 25 years old when he was launched into space with Vostok 2 in 1961.

On board the New Shepard, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos will also accompany. In addition, 82-year-old flight instructor Wally Funk will accompany her on the space journey, becoming the oldest person ever in space.