Blue Origin Launches Crew of Six to the Edge of Space


Blue Origin has efficiently launched a six-person crew to the sting of house for the primary time. The corporate, based by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, took a crew of personal astronauts together with a soccer star and the daughter of an astronaut on a 10-minute flight to the boundary between Earth and house in its NS-19 mission.

The mission, utilizing a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, blasted off from Van Horn in Texas at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) on Saturday, December 11. The total crew consisted of 4 paying passengers (together with a father and his baby, the primary time such a pair has flown on the identical spaceflight), plus Blue Origin friends Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of the primary U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard, and former New York Giants soccer star and present TV host Michael Strahan.

The crew of New Shepard NS-19. Pictured from left to proper: Dylan Taylor, Lane Bess, Cameron Bess, Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan, and Evan Dick. Blue Origin

Strahan posted a video of himself after the flight to Twitter. “I gotta say, it was surreal!” he says within the clip. “It’s unbelievable. It’s exhausting to even describe it. It’s going to take somewhat bit to course of it, nevertheless it couldn’t have gone higher.”

TOUCHDOWN has a brand new which means now!!!

WOW…. that was superb!!! 🚀🚀 @blueorigin @SMAC

— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) December 11, 2021

The flight was livestreamed by Blue Origin, however don’t fear when you missed out on watching it — you’ll be able to replay the flight utilizing the video embedded beneath:

“We had an incredible flight immediately. This was our sixth flight in what has been an incredible 12 months for the New Shepard program. We flew 14 astronauts to house, flew a NASA payload flight that examined lunar touchdown sensors, and accomplished our certification take a look at flights,” stated Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin, in a press release. “I wish to thank our payload prospects, our astronauts and, in fact, Crew Blue for these many necessary accomplishments. I’m so proud to be a part of this devoted and hard-working group that ensures that each flight of New Shepard is secure and dependable. And, it’s enjoyable to say that that is just the start.”

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