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Astronaut Alan Shepard trained for two years to become the first American to go into space in 1961. Sixty years later, a deep-pocketed civilian will journey towards the stars after just a two-day warm-up. 

Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon.com’s billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, is publicly auctioning off a seat on its first crewed flight, scheduled for July 20. ..

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