Blue Origin announces third space tourism trip that will launch in December


NFL legend and Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American in space, are set to ride on Blue Origin’s third space tourism flight in December

  • Blue Origin announced its third space tourism flight that is set for December 9
  • The space flight will see two honorary guests and four paying customers 
  • Good Morning America co-host anchor Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley have been gifted their seats
  •  The other four include space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and Cameron Bess
  • Lift-off is set for 10AM ET from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas


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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin announced its new batch of space tourists on Tuesday that includes two honorary guests and four paying customers.

Good Morning America co-host anchor Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly to space, have been gifted their seats on the New Shepard rocket set to launch on December 9.

The other four, who have paid a high price for the experience, include space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and Cameron Bess, who will become the first parent-child duo to fly in space. 

Lift-off for the new crew is set for 10AM ET from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas and will mark the company’s third space tourism mission.

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Good Morning America co-host anchor Michael Strahan is an honorary guest on the Blue Origin flight

aura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly to space, was also gifted her seat

aura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly to space, was also gifted her seat

Good Morning America co-host anchor Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly to space have been gifted their seats on the New Shepard rocket set to launch on December 9

The first, which launched in July, included Bezos himself and the second on October 13 saw William Shatner, actor famed for playing Captain Kirk on Star Trek, travel 66 miles above the surface.

Although Bezos has not officially announced pricing for the flight, actor Tom Hanks, who was asked to join the last one in October, told the Amazon founder ‘I am not paying $28 million to go into space.’

The December flight marks New Shepard’s 19th flight and the first time the rocket will carry six people inside the Blue Origin capsule to space – previous missions only included four individuals.

The six-person crew will soar 66 miles above the surface and spend about 10 minutes in zero-gravity. 

The paying customers include space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor

The paying customers include space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor

Investor Evan Dick also paid for a seat on the rocket

Investor Evan Dick also paid for a seat on the rocket

 The paying customers include space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor (left) and investor Evan Dick (right)

Blue Origin claims that the short trips into space help further ‘the company’s vision of millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth’. 



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