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Alan Shepard’s daughter Laura Shepard Churchley and GMA co-anchor Michael Strahan to fly on NS-19
Blue Origin has announced the crew of its upcoming NS-19 flight on December 9 will include two honorary guests and four paying customers.
Guests include Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly to space. The four customers include space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess, and Cameron Bess. Lane and Cameron Bess will become the first parent-child pair to fly in space.
This mission furthers the company’s vision of millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. It will be New Shepard’s third human flight this year, the sixth for the program in 2021, and the 19th in its history. It will carry a full manifest of six astronauts to space for the first time.
Live launch coverage begins on BlueOrigin.com at T-90 minutes. Liftoff is currently targeted for 9:00am CST / 15:00 UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas.
Also on board NS-19 will be a postcard from each astronaut flown on behalf of Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, whose mission is to help future generations pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space. The Club’s Postcards to Space program gives students access to space on Blue Origin’s rockets.