Jeff Bezos is set to rocket up to space this week.

But before he does, the 57-year-old billionaire spoke to press about the flight and responded to his critics who think he should be using his money for causes on the planet, instead of going to space.

Click inside to see what he had to say…

“There has been a chorus of critics saying that these flights to space are just joy rides for the wealthy, and that you should be spending your time and your money and energy trying to solve problems here on Earth,” CNN’s Rachael Crane pre-faced her question. “So what do you say to those critics?”

Jeff was straight in his answer and said that “They’re largely right…We have to do both.”

He went on, acknowledging that there are problems “in the here and now on Earth” that need to be confronted — but added that it’s also important to look toward the future.

Jeff shared that his long term goals for Blue Origin, is to have it become more “like a commercial airliner.”

“If we can do that, we’ll be building a road to space for the next generations to do amazing things there, and those amazing things will solve problems here on Earth,” he explained.

Jeff, along with his brother Mark, Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen will be going on the flight, lifting off on Tuesday, July 20.

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