“Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan is going to space next month.
Strahan will be 50 years old on Sunday and join Laura Shepard Churchley (eldest daughter astronaut Alan Shepard) on the Dec. 9 space mission aboard New Shepard. This spacecraft was named for her father, the first American to orbit the Earth.
Blue Origin Flight, the flight of Jeff Bezos’ company, will transport four paid customers. This will also make Blue Origin the third New Shepard craft to launch humans into orbit this year.
Blue Origin does not disclose the price of tickets for customers who pay.
The 10-minute flight, five minutes less than Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury flight, will launch from West Texas carrying six people, two more than the previous two flights this year with humans aboard.
Similar to previous jaunts, Strahan’s flight is likely to include about three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the curvature of the Earth. Passengers are subjected to nearly 6 G’s, or six times the force of Earth’s gravity, as the capsule descends.
Strahan, who played for 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 at the first launch, it really was mind-blowing.”
AmazonSpace pioneer Jeff Bezos as well Star Trek actor William Shatner were the first to fly into space in separate New Shepard flights. Shatner became the oldest person in space, eclipsing the previous record — set by a passenger on Bezos’ flight in July — by eight 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 first flight with a crew. Elon Musk’s SpaceX made its first private voyage in mid-September, though without Musk on board.