Blue Origin’s next suborbital space flight includes two special guests

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Blue Origin is gearing up for its third crewed flight to the edge of space, with the mission set to carry six people – two more than its previous crewed missions.

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Scheduled for Thursday, December 9, the crew of Blue Origin’s next suborbital space flight will include some special guests, namely Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American to fly in space, and Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan.

With them in the capsule will be space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, and Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and his son Cameron, with Lane and Cameron set to become the first parent-child pair to fly together in space .


Shepard Churchley and Strahan are described as “honorary guests” by Blue Origin, while others appear to be paying customers, though how much they spent for the trip of a lifetime has not been disclosed. .

new shepard

Blue Origin’s single-stage rocket that will carry the crew to the edge of space is called the New Shepard in honor of Alan Shepard’s achievement.

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“It’s so funny for me to say, ‘An original Shepard would fly on New Shepard,'” Laura said in a video shared by Blue Origin, adding, “I’m very proud of my father’s legacy. That space He was the first American and the fifth person to walk on the Moon and the only person to ever play golf on the Moon.

“An original Shepard will fly over the New Shepard.” Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of the first American to go to space, will begin her journey to space on board #newshepard on 9 December.

— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) November 23, 2021

GMA co-anchor Strahan, who was at the launch site in Texas for New Shepard’s first crewed flight in July that included Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, recently reported preparations for the 10-minute trip. Di, who will look after the crew. Travel the Carman Line, a point 62 miles above Earth that is commonly considered to be the edge of space.

When asked why he accepted Blue Origin’s invitation to fly aboard New Shepard, Strahan said, “I believe that [Blue Origin] Here on Earth will bring a lot of technological breakthroughs and innovations to us and I just wanted to be a part of it. ,

in bus: @michaelstrahan Leaving this world – literally! – and will be flying @blueorigin‘s #newshepard Rocket on December 9th!

— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 23, 2021

Blue Origin is moving toward the launch of a regular commercial space tourism service, although scientists and students will also be able to use the flights to conduct experiments in microgravity conditions.

Bezos’s company is competing with the likes of Virgin Galactic for short trips to the edge of space. Seating high-profile guests is an easy way for a company to get plenty of publicity for its upcoming service. Its second crewed flight in October included star trek Legend William Shatner.

Meanwhile, SpaceX wants to launch a commercial service for long orbital flights in September after a successful test mission that put four civilians in space for three days.

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