The next New Shepard mission will be the first with a full crew of six astronauts.
Celebrities (-ish) in space. amazon founderIn July, the start of a series of high-profile missions. after star trek The next big name to hit the edge of space will be Good Morning America co-anchor and former NFL player Michael Strahan. He’ll have plenty of company along for the ride.
On Tuesday, Blue Origin announced the crew list for the NS-19 mission with the New Shepard rocket and crew capsule. Strahan is considered an honorary guest along with Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Blue Origin’s spacecraft is named after an astronaut from the Mercury program.
NS-19 will also have four paying clients: space industry executive Dylan Taylor (CEO of Voyager Space Holdings and founder of the nonprofit Space for Humanity); investor Evan Dick; and Bess Ventures founders Len Bass and Cameron Bass. “Lane and Cameron Base will become the first parent-child pair to fly in space,” Blue Origin said.
Taylor, a longtime Star Trek fan, expressed his anticipation in a blog post, saying, “When I was growing up in rural northern Idaho, I thought space flight was a possibility that only a handful of spacefarers could do. Only passengers could achieve, and I could. I never thought I’d be included someday.” Taylor called on other commercial astronauts to donate equal to the cost of a spaceflight ticket to worthy causes on Earth.
This will be the first New Shepard flight with a full display of six commercial astronauts. It is set to move to the edge of space starting December 9 at 7 a.m. PT from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas. The company will provide a livestream which will start 90 minutes before the launch.