Oliver Daemen, who accompanied Bezos on his trip to space, says he never ordered from Amazon, Science News


Oliver Daemen, a Dutch teenager who became the world’s youngest space traveler this week, surprised billionaire Jeff Bezos on his exploration company Blue Origin’s maiden flight by telling him he had never ordered anything on Amazon.com.

Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old physics student, accompanied Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos and 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk, the oldest person to go to space, on a 10-minute trip to the -beyond the earth’s atmosphere.

Bezos funded Blue Origin by selling billions of shares in his highly profitable online delivery business Amazon.

“I told Jeff that I had never bought anything from Amazon,” he said in an interview Friday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. “And he said to me, ‘oh, wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve heard someone say that.”

Blue Origin had posted footage of the newly created astronauts performing somersaults with near-zero gravity and throwing bowling pins which Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen caught in his mouth.

Daemen, who was picked after another candidate offered $ 28 million for the last-minute canceled ride, received the good news during a family vacation in Italy.

“So I flew from Italy to Amsterdam, from Amsterdam to Atlanta, from Atlanta to El Paso, from El Paso to the ranch, so it was a pretty long trip,” he said. declared.

Daemen dreamed of traveling in space since he was a child, followed each development of space exploration companies like Blue Origin and obtained his pilot’s license at a young age.

Daemen’s ticket was paid for by his father, the CEO of a private equity firm, CNBC reported.

He plans to attend Utrecht University in the Netherlands to study physics and innovation management in September.

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