St. Mark’s alumnus Victor Vescovo is set to become the first person to have gone to the bottom of the ocean, climbed Mount Everest, and gone to space when he joins the crew flying on Blue Origin’s NS-21 mission.
Vescovo, co-founder of the private equity firm Insight Equity, is one of six passengers set to head to space on Blue Origin’s fifth human flight. The date for the flight with the aerospace company founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos hasn’t been announced yet.
Other crew members set to take part in the flight include NS-19 Astronaut Evan Dick; former NASA test lead Katya Echazarreta, who will become the first Mexican-born woman and youngest American woman to fly to space; Action Aviation Chairman Hamish Harding; Victor Correa Hespanha, who will be the second Brazilian to fly to space; and Dream Variation Ventures co-founder Jaison Robinson.
Vescovo has completed a feat known as the “Explorer’s Grand Slam,” which includes summiting the world’s seven summits and skiing to the North and South Poles. In 2020, he became the first person to repeatedly dive to the deepest point in the ocean, Challenger Deep (now 12 times). He is the first person to visit the deepest point in the world’s five oceans and executed the deepest wreck dive in history.
Harding dived the Challenger Deep with Vescovo in 2021.
Each astronaut will carry a postcard into space on behalf of Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, whose Postcards to Space program gives students access to space on Blue Origin’s rockets. The Club seeks to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM.
For more information on the flight and other crew members, visit Blue Origin’s website.