Michael Strahan taking football to space on Blue Origin flight Saturday

Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan might be taking a small piece of his former life to space on Saturday (Dec. 11).

Strahan, who performed within the NFL from 1993 to 2007, will tote a football on his suborbital jaunt with Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight firm Blue Origin, which is scheduled to elevate off from West Texas Saturday at 9:45 a.m. EST (1445 GMT). 

Bezos and Strahan made the announcement throughout an interview that aired yesterday (Dec. 9) on Fox Sports’ Thursday Night Football. During that chat, Bezos additionally revealed that the ball will head for one more fascinating vacation spot after getting back from the ultimate frontier.

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“This football, when you bring it back to Earth, is going straight to the Pro Football Hall of Fame” in Canton, Ohio, Bezos informed Strahan.

“Hopefully it inspires more people to want to know more and explore more outside of our planet,” mentioned Strahan, who received a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2007 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. 

“Even if I fumble this ball,” he added with fun, “it’s just going to float. So, no problem.”

Strahan was a defensive finish, so he does not have a ton of expertise carrying the football. During his lengthy and illustrious profession, he pressured a complete of 24 fumbles, recovered 15 and by no means as soon as put the ball on the turf himself, in accordance to Pro Football Reference.

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Saturday’s launch would be the third crewed flight for Blue Origin and its New Shepard suborbital automobile. Strahan will share the capsule with 5 different folks: Laura Shepard Churchley, 74, the eldest daughter of first American in space Alan Shepard; Dylan Taylor, chairman and CEO of the space exploration agency Voyager Space, founding father of the nonprofit Space for Humanity and co-founding patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation; engineer and investor Evan Dick; Lane Bess, principal and founding father of the enterprise fund Bess Ventures and Advisory; and Cameron Bess, a baby of Lane. 

You can watch the launch Saturday right here at Space.com, courtesy of Blue Origin, or directly via the company. The whole mission will take about 11 minutes from launch to touchdown, if all goes in accordance to plan.

This is not going to be the primary time a football has flown in space. In February 2017, for instance, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra threw a football down the length of the International Space Station. Given that the orbiting lab zooms round our planet at about 17,500 mph (28,163 kph), the toss technically lined 321 miles (517 kilometers) as seen from Earth, in accordance to NASA’s calculations. 

Mike Wall is the creator of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a e-book in regards to the seek for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or on Facebook

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