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Teen on space flight told Bezos he had never ordered from Amazon

The Dutch teenager who grew to become the world’s youngest house traveler this week stunned billionaire Jeff Bezos on the flight by telling him he’d by no means ordered something on Amazon.

Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old physics pupil, accompanied Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos and 82-year-old feminine aviator Wally Funk – the oldest particular person to go to house – on a 10-minute journey past Earth’s ambiance.

Bezos funded exploration firm Blue Origin by promoting billions of {dollars}’ price of inventory in his on-line supply enterprise Amazon.

“I advised Jeff, like, I’ve truly by no means purchased one thing from Amazon,” Daemen advised Reuters in an interview on Friday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. “And he was like, ‘Oh, wow, it’s a very long time in the past I heard somebody say that’.”

Daemen, who was picked after one other candidate bidding $28 million for the experience canceled on the final minute, discovered he could be becoming a member of the flight whereas on a household vacation in Italy.

“They referred to as and stated: Are you continue to ?’ and we have been like ‘Sure! Sure! Sure!’”

Blue Origin rocket launching into space
Daemen stated his journey to house aboard the Blue Origin was a dream come true.
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Daemen had dreamed of house journey since he was a child, adopted each growth by house exploration firms like Blue Origin and obtained his pilot’s license at a younger age.

“We didn’t pay even near $28 million, however they selected me as a result of I used to be the youngest and I used to be additionally a pilot and I additionally knew rather a lot about it already.”

PING-PONG IN SPACE

Actuality nonetheless hasn’t sunk in three days after the journey.

Oliver Daemen, Mark Bezos and Jeff Bezos sitting in the Blue Origin spaceport
Daemen (left) stated Jeff Bezos (proper) advised him it had been a very long time since somebody had stated they’d by no means bought from his ubiquitous e-commerce large Amazon.
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“I don’t assume I noticed it till I used to be within the rocket: ‘Wow, it’s actually occurring’,” he stated. “It was my final, final aim … however I by no means thought it was going to be this quickly.”

The crew obtained two days of security coaching, however nothing very arduous, stated Daemen, who will be seen in a video of the journey tossing ping-pong balls in weightlessness with Jeff Bezos.

“That was tremendous cool. It’s so bizarre to be weightless. It was simpler than I had anticipated. It was sort of like being in water.”

Daemen, who is ready to start out at Utrecht College in September, stated he was undecided what he wished to do later in life, however would critically take into account a profession in house journey.

Requested what it was like touring in a rocket ship with a billionaire, he answered with a large smile: “They have been tremendous enjoyable and all all the way down to earth, as humorous as that will sound.”

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