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Oliver Daemen

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Oliver Daemen
Born (2002-08-20) 20 August 2002 (age 19)
Oisterwijk, Netherlands
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Being the youngest person to fly in space (as of July 2021)

Oliver Daemen (born 20 August 2002) is a Dutch space tourist who flew as part of the 20 July 2021, Blue Origin NS-16 spaceflight.[1][2][3] He is 18 years old.[4] He is the youngest person to travel to space as of July 2021.

Biography[edit]

Daemen was born in Oisterwijk, Netherlands.[5] He attended the Odulphuslyceum in Tilburg and obtained his high school diploma in 2020.[6] He is enrolled at Utrecht University where he is set to begin studies in physics in September 2021.[5][6]

Daemen secured his seat on the New Shepard rocket through an auction, making him Blue Origin's first paying customer and the 8th person to pay for their spaceflight.[7][8] Initially a different person had actually won the bid for a seat on NS-16, but they decided to take a future flight, making Daemen's father, who had bid the next highest amount, the winner, and he in turn let Daemen become the passenger instead.[5][9][10][11] On 20 July 2021, Daemen became the youngest person to fly in space at 18, succeeding Gherman Titov's record at the age of 25 in 1961.[12][13]

See also[edit]

  • Private spaceflight

References[edit]

  1. "(Dutch) Oliver (18) uit Tilburg mag mee met Bezos, wordt jongste astronaut ooit (English) Oliver (18) from Tilburg is allowed to join Bezos, becomes youngest astronaut ever". RTL Nieuws. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  2. Bright TV (Netherlands) (nl). "De 18-jarige Oliver Daemen uit Tilburg wordt de jongste astronaut ooit en de vierde Nederlander in de ruimte". twitter. Retrieved 21 July 2021. Hij gaat mee met de ruimtereis van #BlueOrigin van #JeffBezos. Oliver is onderweg naar Texas, waar de lancering dinsdag plaatsvindt.
  3. "Oliver Daemen is the youngest person to fly to space in Blue Origin spacecraft- Technology News, Firstpost". Tech2. 2021-07-20. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  4. "First Paying Customer on New Shepard Will Be the Youngest to Fly to Space". Blue Origin. Retrieved 2021-07-20. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "First Paying Customer on New Shepard Will Be the Youngest to Fly to Space". Blue Origin. 15 July 2021. Archived from the original on 19 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Qureshi, Mehab (20 July 2021). "Who Is Oliver Daemen, the Teen Going to Space with Jeff Bezos?". The Quint. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  7. Sheetz, Michael (July 19, 2021). "Blue Origin is launching Jeff Bezos to space on Tuesday. Here is what you should know". CNBC. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  8. "Oliver Daemen, Youngest Astronaut Candidate To Fly With Jeff Bezos". Voice of Indonesia. July 19, 2021. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  9. "Bidder pays $28m for space trip with Amazon's Bezos". BBC News. 12 June 2021. Retrieved 21 July 2021. After a nearly month-long bidding process the top bid had stood at just under $5m - but once Saturday's online auction got under way that figure rose more than five times. "The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin's foundation, @ClubforFuture," Blue Origin tweeted....
  10. Pesce, Nicole Lyn (July 16, 2021). "Oliver Daemen, 18, is 'super excited' to join the Blue Origin crew and become the youngest person in space". MarketWatch. Retrieved 21 July 2021. The fully automated rocket and space capsule will carry six passengers, including Bezos, his brother — and now the son of Joes Daemen, founder and CEO of Somerset Capital Partners
  11. "Meet Oliver Daemen, the Dutch teenager who will fly to space with Jeff Bezos after his hedge fund dad paid millions for the ticket". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 16 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Koren, Marina (July 15, 2021). "Jeff Bezos Has Picked an Unusual Space Crew". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on July 19, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Blue Origin's Bezos reaches space on 1st passenger flight". Arkansas Online. 20 July 2021. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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