Michael Strahan to fly into space on next Blue Origin flight

Football Corridor of Famer-turned-early morning Tv set host Michael Strahan will before long include “astronaut” to his résumé.

What You Want To Know

  • “Very good Early morning America” co-host and former NFL star Michael Strahan will be amongst a crew of six persons who will soar into area following thirty day period on Blue Origin’s 3rd manned flight
  • Liftoff for the New Shepard rocket is scheduled for 9 a.m. Central on Dec. 9 in the west Texas desert
  • Strahan claimed Blue Origin approached him about joining the flight, “and devoid of hesitation, I said sure”   
  • Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard — the first American to fly to room and the namesake of the Blue Origin spacecraft — was also invited

Strahan, who co-hosts ABC’s “Good Morning The usa,” will be among a crew of six folks who will soar into area upcoming month on Blue Origin’s third manned flight, the firm declared Tuesday.

Liftoff for the New Shepard rocket is scheduled for 9 a.m. Central on Dec. 9 in the west Texas desert.

“I’m energized to get down there to Texas, to the Blue Origin schooling facility and enjoy the full method,” Strahan, 50, mentioned Tuesday early morning on “GMA.”

For the initial time, a New Shepard flight will have six persons into room, its comprehensive ability. Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard — the initially American to fly to place and the namesake of the Blue Origin spacecraft — were invited company. 

The crew also will incorporate 4 paying out shoppers: house marketplace government and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, trader Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and Bess’ son, Cameron.  

Lane and Cameron Bess will become the initially father or mother-little one pair to fly in area. Blue Origin has not disclosed how significantly the customers paid out for their seats.

Strahan claimed Blue Origin approached him about signing up for the flight. 

“And with no hesitation I claimed indeed,” he stated. “I wanted to go to area.”

Strahan covered the initially human New Shepard flight in July for “GMA,” whose crew incorporated Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos.

“I believe being there at the initially launch, it genuinely was intellect-blowing,” Strahan reported Tuesday. 

Strahan, who played 15 seasons in the NFL for the New York Giants, has presently been fitted for his spacesuit, and simply because of his dimensions — 6-foot-5, 255 lbs — Blue Origin workers experienced him test out a seat.

He says he’ll head to Texas in a week and a fifty percent to start off teaching. 

In accordance to “GMA,” Strahan will acquire a stipend from Blue Origin for remaining a crew member, which will be donated to the Boys & Women Clubs.

On July 20, Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-outdated aviation pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-previous Oliver Daemen blasted into place on Blue Origin’s first human flight. Funk became the oldest particular person to fly into space, although Daemen turned the youngest.

In October, 90-year-old “Star Trek” icon William Shattner broke Funk’s report as part of the next crew.

The flights travel just outside of the Kármán Line, the internationally identified boundary of area about 65 miles earlier mentioned sea level. Passengers are then be in a position to unbuckle and float weightlessly about the spacecraft for a couple minutes in advance of it starts its parachute-cushioned descent to the Texas desert.

The former flights lasted just about 10 minutes. The New Shepard house motor vehicle is fully autonomous — there are no pilots.