Amazon's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark will fly on the first crewed space flight from his rocket company Blue Origin.
The Blue Origin spacecraft, which is set to carry Bezos and others, has undergone 15 test flights, none of which had any passengers onboard.
Its New Shepard rocket-and-capsule combo is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles (100 km) above Earth into suborbital space, high enough to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the planet before the pressurized capsule returns to earth under parachutes.
The capsule features six observation windows and are nearly three times as tall as those on a Boeing 747 jetliner and the largest ever used in space.
Finance ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations reached a landmark accord on backing the creation of a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15 percent in an effort to close cross-border tax loopholes used by some corporations.
Income from intangible sources such as drug patents, software and royalties on intellectual property has migrated to these jurisdictions, allowing companies to avoid paying higher taxes in their traditional home countries.
The G7 hopes to reach a final agreement at the expanded G20 finance ministers group. If a broad consensus is reached, it will be extremely hard for any low-tax country to try and block an agreement.