Teen Who Went Into Space With Jeff Bezos Says Hes Never Ordered From Amazon

Eighteen year old Oliver Daemen was among the three lucky aviators to join Jeff Bezos on his historic trip to the edge of our planet on Tuesday. Along with the pioneer Mercury 13 member, Wally Funk and Bezos’ own brother Mark, Daemen spent minutes in the Blue Origin’s ‘New Shepard’ ship and plugged into the 62 miles above atmosphere as the youngest person to ever go into space.

Although the young adult won his ticket to go on the billionaire’s spaceship by bidding the second highest price – replacing the winner due to “scheduling conflicts –  he revealed in a statement that he had never once used the billionaire’s goliath e-commerce site, Amazon.

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The news of Daemen never having shopped from Amazon shocked Bezos as much as it did the many when they read his Reuters interview on Friday.

“I told Jeff, like, I’ve actually never bought something from Amazon,” the teen told the publication, “And he was like, ‘oh, wow, it’s a long time ago I heard someone say that.”

The Netherlands based space lover graduated from high school just a year ago. But before he pursues his studies at Utrecht University this fall, the son of the Somerset Capital Partners’ CEO put his hat in the ring to snag seat for the first official expedition of Bezos ‘New Shepard’ spaceship.

Though he was ultimately beat a June 21st bidding by an anonymous bidder who claimed the seat for $28 million, Daemen was fortune enough to score himself a spot the spaceship’s second adventure.

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So, he was beyond delighted to find out on his family’s trip to Italy that the aforementioned winner of the seat had to bow out of the historic trip because of scheduling conflicts.” As the next patron in line, Daemen was then set to fly with Bezos’ ship on its very first expedition.

“This is so unbelievably cool,” he exclaims in a press release, “The flight to and into space only takes 10 minutes, but I already know that these will be the most special 10 minutes of my life.”

His venture made him the youngest astronaut to enter space, accompanied by the equally record breaking, oldest astronaut Wally Funk.

“I don’t think I realized it until I was in the rocket: ‘wow, it’s really happening’,” Daemen told Reuter when explaining his once in a lifetime experience,”It’s so weird to be weightless. It was easier than I had expected. It was kind of like being in water.”

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Sources: Reuters, New York Times, New York Post

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