“I’ve been dreaming of going to space since I was five. On July 20 I will make this trip ». So Jeff Bezos, the multimillionaire founder of Amazon, announced yesterday on Instagram that he will be the first “space tourist” in the world. The flight will kick off a series of tourist launches scheduled by Blue Origin, bezos’ space company. The trips will take place aboard the New Shepard rocket, which bears the name of Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut to fly into space. A capsule will be brought into orbit and will remain there for about ten minutes, and then re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and reach the ground thanks to parachutes. The spacecraft can carry a maximum of six people and allows those on board to experience microgravity and enjoy a breathtaking view from 100 kilometers away from the earth’s surface. Accompanying Bezos in his adventure will be the brother of the entrepreneur, Mark. A third place was reserved for a lucky (and above all rich) “amateur astronaut”: the ticket for this historic trip was auctioned on the Blue Origin website and currently the highest bid is 3.5 million. dollars. The auction will close on 12 June. The beginning of “paid” space travel will usher in a new era of space exploration, which until now had never been open to ordinary citizens.