Michael Strahan, he of New York Giants and more recently Good Morning America fame, will blast off into space courtesy of Jeff Bezos and his rocket company, Blue Origin. They’ll scoot out from Texas at 9:30 a.m. CT on December 9.
He’s one of six people to take off on New Shepard, which makes it the first completely packed flight yet. Besides Strahan, Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of moonwalker Alan Shepard, will be on the New Shepard, which is named after the famous astronaut. Investors Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, and Lane Bess, and his son, Cameron Bess, will go as well. What do you call a group of venture capitalists launched into space? I have no punch line! I’m really asking!
Strahan is the second famous person to go. Blue Origin sent William Shatner, neé Captain Kirk of Star Trek, most recently. Other famous people I suggest they reach out to in order to keep grabbing headlines: Ed Sheeran (he can go Virgin Galactic, actually, and help out his fellow countryman). Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson (the first couple who may or not be seriously dating to do so in space). Kanye West for that matter. Clifford from Clifford the Big Red Dog (think of the headlines). The other obvious suggestion is Tom Hanks, but he already declined.
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