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Amazon founder, 57-year-old Jeff Bezos will be blasting into space in his New Shephard rocket ship on its first crewed flight.
Joining Bezos will be his brother, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pilot and Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old student.
Explorer and pilot Ms Funk will become the oldest person to be an astronaut after today’s launch.
The New Shepard was built by Bezos space tourism company, Blue Origin and will include the biggest windows ever flown into space.
Speaking to CBS News in an interview Bezos said "I'm excited. People keep asking me if I'm nervous. I'm not really nervous, I'm curious. I want to know what we're going to learn.
"We've been training. This vehicle's ready, this crew is ready, this team is amazing. We just feel really good about it.”
What time is Blue Origin launch?
The Blue Origin launch is expected to take place today, at 2pm (BST) on the Tuesday, July 20, which is the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
Live coverage will begin at 7.30 eastern time, or 12.30pm in the UK. You’ll be able to watch it on the Blue Origin’s website.
Keep in mind that the launch window opens at 2pm, but the launch can happen later than that.
Rocket launches can be delayed for a number of reasons, including weather problems or safety concerns.
If something isn’t right it could lead to significant delays, or it could be pushed back to another day entirely.
If all goes well, the crew will be blasting off in the New Shepard, an automated launch capsule from West Texas on Bezos’ private launch site.
After blast off, the rocket and the capsule will separate, the capsule containing the four crew members will continue to launch upwards to around 76km (250,000ft).
The rocket will land on its “legs” around two miles from the launch pad, as the capsule continues upwards to around 106km (350,000ft).
After reaching its maximum height the capsule will begin to descend back to earth, parachuting down for a soft landing on the desert ground.
The flight is estimated to last around 11 minutes in total, allowing crew members to take in the spectacular views and experience weightlessness in space.
Talking to CBS News Bezos said: "We're in zero-g for around four minutes, and we get to get out of our seats, unstrap, float around, look at the thin limb of the Earth's atmosphere.
"The views are going to be terrific, the zero-g will be an unusual experience that you really can't get in any good way on Earth.”
This will be the first time Blue Origin has flown crew members on the New Shepard capsule.
You can watch the launch live on blueorigin.com broadcasting starts at 12.30 pm BST with a blast off at 2pm BST.
- Jeff Bezos
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