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Michael Strahan goes to space with Jeff Bezos ‘Blue Origin – NBC10 Philadelphia

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“Good Morning America” ​​co-host Michael Strahan is going to space next month.

Strahan, who turns 50 on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on a December 9 mission aboard New Shepard, a spaceship named after her father. and the first American in space.

Blue Origin Flight, company headed by Jeff Bezos, will also carry four paying customers and will be the third New Shepard built this year to send humans to space.

Blue Origin has not disclosed fares for paying customers.

The 10-minute flight, five minutes less than Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury flight, will depart West Texas carrying six people, two more than the two previous flights this year with humans on board. ship.

Similar to previous flights, Strahan’s flight likely included about three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the Earth’s curvature. Passengers are subjected to a force of nearly 6 G, or six times the force of Earth’s gravity, as the capsule descends.

Strahan, who played 15 years in the National Football League with the New York Giants, reported on the first Blue Origin flight for “Good Morning America.”

“I want to go to space,” Strahan told “GMA.” “I think being there on the first launch, that’s really impressive.”

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and “Star Trek” star William Shatner has flown into space on separate New Shepard flights this year. Shatner became the oldest person in space, eclipsing the previous record – set by a passenger on a Bezos flight in July – 8 years.

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson went into space in his own rocket ship in July, followed by Bezos nine days later on Blue Origin’s maiden flight with a crew. Elon Musk’s SpaceX made its first private trip in mid-September, despite not having Musk on board.

Even at 90, you can still have a new perspective on life – and William Shatner emotionally told reporters that seeing the Earth’s curvature and the darkness of space changed him. We’ll show you the Blue Origin launch and hear from NBC News Science reporter Denise Chow about what it means for Jeff Bezos’ space travel company.

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