Michael Strahan was scheduled to fly a Blue Origin flight into space, but the flight was delayed due to weather conditions. ESPN reported that the flight was scheduled to take place on Thursday, but before the launch date, the space travel company led by Jeff Bezos said it was postponed until Saturday. In addition to Strahan, Laura Shepherd Churchley – the eldest daughter of the first US astronaut Alan Shepard – will be on board, along with four paying customers.
This Blue Origin flight will be the company’s third manned space flight. The former took Bezos himself into space, and the latter only had the legendary Captain Kirk, William Shatner, as a passenger. On the eve of the big theft, Blue Origin posted a video of Shatner touching the big event, and in the clip he explained how important the moment was. “We are only at the beginning, but how miraculous this beginning is. How wonderful to be a part of this debut,” he added, “It seems that there is a lot of curiosity about this fictional character, Captain Kirk, in space. So let’s go and enjoy the ride. .”
I’m going to space! Happy to fly on @blueorigin’s #NewShepard rocket on December 9th. ??
— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) November 23, 2021
Shatner also met Gael King on CBS Mornings before the launch, and told the host, “I want to see space, I want to see Earth, I want to see what we need to do to save Earth.” He continued, “I want to have a perspective that’s never been shown to me before.” That’s what I’m interested in seeing. In addition to Shatner, microbiologists Glenn De Vries and Chris Buchweizen—founder of Earth observation company Planet Labs—are on board the 10-minute flight.
“I’m very excited,” Shatner continued, speaking to King. “I’ve waited my whole life to do this. I think it’s pretty amazing that 2021 will be the year the human race finally starts going into space on a large scale. I think we’ll go back to that date 50 years later and go, wow, it was Really a special time in history, just like the Wright brothers, when people started flying planes and passengers. It’s really exciting to be a part of history and can’t wait to fly. “
De Vries, who is a private pilot in his spare time, also shared his thoughts, saying, “I am really looking forward to seeing Earth from a different perspective than I have seen before. I can’t wait to look out that window and experience humanity and our planet differently than I have ever had.” me before.”
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