O dutch teenager who this week became the youngest person in the world to travel to space surprised the billionaire Jeff Bezos on the flight, saying that he had never bought anything for the 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 into space — on a 10-minute journey out of Earth’s atmosphere .
Bezos financed space exploration company Blue Origin through the sale of billions of dollars worth of shares in its online delivery business, Amazon.
“I told Jeff, like, I’ve never actually bought anything from Amazon,” Daemen told Reuters in an interview this Friday at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. “And he said, ‘oh wow, it’s been a long time since I heard someone say that.'”
Daemen, who was chosen after another candidate who offered $28 million for the trip to be canceled at the last minute, found out he was going to board during a family vacation in Italy.
“They called and said, ‘Are you still interested?’ and we thought ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!'”
Daemen dreamed of space travel since he was a child, followed the development of space exploration companies such as Blue Origin, and obtained his pilot license at a young age.
“We didn’t pay even close to 28 million dollars, but they chose me because I was the youngest and I was also a pilot and I already knew a lot about it.”