Michael Strahan’s Blue Origin Launch on New Shepard: Live updates

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Tribute for Glen de Vries

Blue Origin ran a short tribute for Glen de Vries, a participant in the company’s NS-18 spaceflight with “Star Trek” star William Shatner. De Vries died in a plane crash in November. 

Weather is good for launch

Blue Origin’s webcast just said that weather is looking good for launch.

Blue Origin’s webcast is live

Blue Origin’s live launch webcast for today’s NS-19 New Shepard mission has begun. You can watch it in the window at the top of this page. 

Meet Blue Origin’s NS-19 crew

Blue Origin has released a new video showcasing New Shepard’s NS-19 crew and you can watch it here. 

The NS-19 mission will launch Good Morning America host and former NFL star Michael Strahan on a suborbital trip with five crewmates, including Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of the late Alan Shepard, one of NASA’s Mercury 7 astronauts who was the first American to fly in space and later walked on the moon. 

“I kind of feel like a little bit like I’m following in my father’s footsteps,” Churchley says in the video. 

“The moment that I decided I would be willing to go was here,” Strahan says, referring to when he covered Blue Origin’s first crewed launch with Jeff Bezos aboard for Good Morning America earlier this year. “Watching Jeff and Mark Bezos completely changed my mind. It was amazing.”

Dylan Taylor, one of the four paying passengers, says going to space has been a lifelong dream, while another passenger, Evan Dick, says he’d hoped to work in aerospace when he was younger and is catching up for lost time with this flight. 

Father-child duo of Lane and Cameron Bess — also paying passengers — round out the crew. 

“When it became real, I went up to the family and said ‘Who wants to go?’ and the only person who raised their hand was Cameron,” Lane says. “We weren’t thinking  about it being first father and child so much as it being an opportunity to experience it together.”

“It’s certainly an honor to be one of the first LGTBQ+ people in space,” Cameron, who is pansexual, says in the video. “You know I’m now hero. I didn’t really work to go space, but I do think that the visibility that I’m providing for that community is valuable.”

It’s Launch Day for Blue Origin’s NS-19

The six passengers of Blue Origin’s NS-19 flight, from left: Dylan Taylor, Lane and Cameron Bess, Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan and Evan Dick. (Image credit: Blue Origin)

It’s launch day for Blue Origin’s NS-19 mission aboard New Shepard, which will liftoff off at 9:45 a.m. EST (1445 GMT) to carry Good Morning America host and former NFL player Michael Strahan and five others on a suborbital trip to space. 

The six New Shepard crewmembers are at Blue Origin’s Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas for today’s launch. They’re staying at Blue Origin’s Astronaut Village, where they’re flight has been delayed since Dec. 9 due to high winds and weather. 

Blue Origin’s webcast begn at 8:15 a.m. EST (1315 GMT) and you can watch it in the feed above.

Flying aboard the New Shepard vehicle with Strahan will be:

  • Laura Shepard Churchley, 74, the eldest daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard. Shepard was the first NASA astronaut to fly in space, and the New Shepard spacecraft is named after him.
  • Dylan Taylor, 51, chairman and CEO of the space exploration firm Voyager Space, founder of the nonprofit Space for Humanity, and co-founding patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.
  • Evan Dick, age not disclosed, an engineer and investor who is a volunteer pilot for Starfighters Aerospace.
  • Lane Bess, age not disclosed, principal and founder of a technology-focused venture fund called Bess Ventures and Advisory.
  • Cameron Bess, age not disclosed, who is a child of Lane. They stream variety content on Twitch under the alias MeepsKitten.

We’ll have live coverage of the countdown and launch here. 


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