Lucky 18-Year-Old Will Be the Youngest Astronaut

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18 year old Oliver Daemen will be joining Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin’s first commercial passenger flight. The Dutch teen takes the place of an unnamed passenger who had put down $28 million for the July 20 trip into space.  In a video statement, Daemen said, “I’ve been dreaming about this all my life, now I become the youngest astronaut ever.”

The winner will instead take a spot on a future mission. Flying in their place — alongside Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pilot and one of the “Mercury 13” women — will be an 18-year old recent high school graduate named Oliver Daemen.
The flight is slated for July 20.
Daemen “was a participant in the auction and had secured a seat on the second flight. We moved him up when this seat on the first flight became available,” a Blue Origin spokesperson told CNN Business.
“We’re not disclosing how much he paid.” A source familiar with the matter said Daemen’s spot was purchased for him by his father, Joes Daemen, who is the founder and CEO of Somerset Capital Partners, an investment firm based in the Netherlands.