Michael Strahan is joining Blue Origin’s next flight: ‘I wanted to go to space!’

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slip, William Shatner – Its Michael Strahan’s Turn to travel out of this world.

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“Good Morning America” ​​Host, Former NFL Football Player, Is Going to Be on Blue Origin’s Next Space Flight Morning Show announced Tuesday, He will take off on December 9 with a crew of five other passengers.

“Blue Origin – they contacted me and they asked if I wanted to be a member of the crew and without hesitation, I said ‘yes,'” Strahan told his “GMA” co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos . “I wanted to go to space!”

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50 year old TV personality covered Jeff Bezos’s first manned space launch from Blue Origin This summer and ever since, humans have been “fascinated” with space travel, he said. His visit will be the aerospace company’s third manned space flight.

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“It’s going to take some time, but I believe it will bring a lot of technological breakthroughs and innovations for us here on Earth … and I wanted to be a part of it,” he said.

Strahan is already preparing for his journey, getting fitted for his space suit and testing his flight seat. Thereafter, he will move to West Texas for more training.

put him in flight Astronaut Alan Shepard’s daughter Laura Shepard Churchley; space industry philanthropist Dylan Taylor; investor Evan Dick; and the first parent-and-child pairing of Lane Bess and Cameron Bess. Churchley and Strahan are honorary guests on the flight, while four other crew members are paying customers.

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Strahan isn’t the first familiar face to walk into space. Shatner, best known for his role in the original “Star Trek” series and the first six films in the “Star Trek” movie franchise, exploded into space with Blue Origin in October.

The 90-year-old actor became the oldest person to travel to space and described an emotional experience after returning to Earth.

“Everyone in the world needs to do this. Everyone in the world needs to see this,” Shatner said. “It was unbelievable. Little things – weightless – but to see the blue (of the sky) whipped by you and now you’re staring at the blackness. … and then it’s gone. It was so shaking. This experience did something unbelievable.”

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Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket astronauts, from left, Glenn de Vries, Audrey Powers, William Shatner, and Chris Boshuizen pose inside the capsule on October 13, 2021.

Blue Origin’s first manned spacecraft launched on July 20, when it carried Bezos, Bezos’ brother Mark, Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk (formerly the oldest person in space) and 18-year-old student Oliver Damen (son of a hedge fund manager). blew it up for suborbital space.

Within minutes, the group reached space from the deserts of West Texas and returned to Earth in a smooth parachute landing.

“Best day ever,” Jeff Bezos said after the touchdown, cheering and congratulating Blue Origin employees and others on the company’s campus.

It was the 16th flight for the New Shepard, a 60-foot rocket designed primarily for space tourism but was the first to include people. Bezos said sales of private seats on his flights are approaching $100 million.

Contributions: Hannah Yasharoff, Jenna Ryu

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