I just heard some very exciting news from my chum Jay Dowling who pointed me to an article on SlashGear.com: A Seat on Blue Origin’s First Crewed Space Flight Is up for Auction.

Jay also pointed me to the main Blue Origin Website. OMG! It’s true! On 20 July 2021, the Blue Origin spaceship New Shepard is scheduled to fly its first astronaut crew into space, and the folks at Blue Origin are offering a seat on this flight to the winning bidder in an online auction.

Apparently, the winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space.

When I was growing up, seeing marvels like Apollo 11 landing on the moon, I don’t think anyone ever really believed that one day non-astronauts would be able to go into space. Well, I just watched this video on YouTube, and I want to go into space so much I can taste it!

Quite apart from anything else, I’ve already completed my Astronaut Training for Mars, which involved centrifuges and three-axis simulators and all sorts of exciting things. In fact, my official flight suit from that training is still hanging in my bedroom closet at home, so that would be another saving for Blue Origin.

What? Yes, of course I just raced over to the Blue Origin website to put in a bid. I know my chances are small, well non-existent really ($100 isn’t what it used to be), but at least I feel like I’m taking part, and I will be watching avidly on the day.

Also, there are two more small items I’d like to share while we’re here. First, Jay also pointed me to an article about The Company Where Colleagues Decide Your Salary. Second, my chum Guido Bonelli just posted a blog that’s sure to spark some controvesy: What’s better, Arduino or Raspberry Pi?

What say you? Do you have any thoughts you’d care to share on any of what you’ve seen here?