Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, announcement Last month, he would launch Good Morning America host Michael Strahan to the edge of space.
Strahan will be joined by the daughter of the first American astronaut and four paying clients.
Liftoff is scheduled for 9.45 a.m. ET today from Blue Origin’s launch facilities near the rural town of Van Horn, Texas.
Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, whose father Alan Shepard performed a suborbital flight in 1961 and then walked on the moon, will be joined by investors Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Lane Bess, as well as Bess’s adult child, Cameron Bess. Blue Origin has said Strahan and Shepard Churchley will be “guests of honor,” much like the last Blue Origin celebrity sent to space edge, William Shatner, and did not pay for their tickets.
This flight will mark the first time that Blue Origin will occupy all six seats of its New Shepard rocket and capsule, which is named after Alan Shepard. On the company’s two previous flights, including the July flight that sent Bezos himself into space, only four of the seats have been occupied.
This means passengers will have a little less leeway than previous customers, especially Strahan, who is six-foot-five.