The former Giants star reported for “Good Morning America” the first Blue Origin flight, sparking his interest in making the trip.
The member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, and co-host of the show “Good Morning America,” Michael Strahan, will travel to space next month.
Strahan, who turned 50 years old on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of the missing astronaut Alan shepard, on a December 9 mission aboard New Shepard, a ship named after his father, who was the first American in space.
The journey of Blue Origin, the company run by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, will also carry four customers who have paid for their journey, and will be the New Shepard’s third this year to take humans into space.
Blue Origin has not disclosed the price of the ticket for customers who wish to make the trip.
The 10-minute flight, five minutes shorter than Alan Shepard’s 1961 flight aboard the Mercury, will launch from Texas with six people on board, two more than on the previous two flights with humans this year.
– Good Morning America (@GMA) November 23, 2021
Similar to previous missions, Strahan’s flight will likely include about three minutes without gravity, and a view of the curvature of the Earth. Passengers will be subjected to nearly 6 G-forces, equivalent to six times the force of Earth’s gravity, as the capsule descends.
Strahan reported on the first Blue Origin flight for “Good Morning America.”
“I want to go to space,” he said Strahan in your program. “I think being there during the launch, it was really something that blew my mind.”
Strahan played for 15 seasons in the National Football League with the New York Giants, who will withdraw their No. 92 next Sunday when they receive the Philadelphia Eagles. The seven-time player of Pro bowl accumulated 141.5 sacks with the Giants, second in franchise history, only behind Lawrence Taylor, who added 142. It was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001, when he set a record for sacks in one season at 22.5.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.
Bezos, and “Star Trek” protagonist William Shatner, flew into space on separate flights aboard the New Shepard this year. At 90, Shatner became the oldest person in space, eclipsing the previous record set by another passenger on the Bezos flight in July by just eight years.
Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson went into space in his own spacecraft in July, followed by Bezos nine days later on Blue Origin’s first manned flight. Elon Musk’s company SpaceX made its first private trip in mid-September, albeit without Musk on board.
Information from AP was used in the writing of this note.