Michael Strahan’s Blue Origin Launch on New Shepard: Mission updates and recap

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Michael Strahan and his fellow passengers on Blue Origin's New Shepard NS-19 suborbital spaceflight pose for a crew photo while in space during their Dec. 11, 2021 launch.

Michael Strahan and his fellow passengers on Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-19 suborbital spaceflight pose for a crew picture whereas in space throughout their Dec. 11, 2021 launch. (Image credit score: Blue Origin)

Blue Origin has launched a brief video of what Michael Strahan and his crew skilled in space throughout their 10-minute launch into space on New Shepard NS-19 rocket mission. 

In a 45-second video, you may see Strahan and the 5 different space vacationers float weightlessness, gaze out New Shepard’s enormous home windows and play with tiny footballs as they float round. 

“Oh my goodness sakes, this is heaven!” exclaimed crew member Laura Shepard Churchley, the daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard, within the video.

“We did it!” Strahan cheers within the video.

Strahan stated after the launch that he want’s to go back to space after getting a style of suborbital spaceflight.

Official NS-19 flight statistics launched

Blue Origin has launched a number of the official statistics concerning the NS-19 flight, which is the third crewed mission by the corporate. You can read our full wrap story here.

Per Blue Origin:

  • Official launch time was 10:00:42 a.m. EST (9 a.m. native time in Van Horn, Texas or 1500 GMT) on Saturday (Dec. 11).
  • The mission elapsed time was 10 minutes, 13 seconds.
  • The most ascent velocity was 2,244 mph (3,611 km/h).
  • The booster reached an apogee of 347,231 ft (106 km) above floor degree.
  • The crew capsule reached an apogee of 347,580 ft (106 km) above floor degree.

Blue Origin’s NS-19 crew again on Earth

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Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and crew capsule launch the NS-19 space tourism flight with Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Laura Shepard Churchley, Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Lane and Cameron Bess on board on Dec. 11, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)
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Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and crew capsule launch the NS-19 space tourism flight with Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Laura Shepard Churchley, Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Lane and Cameron Bess on board on Dec. 11, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)
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Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and crew capsule launch the NS-19 space tourism flight with Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Laura Shepard Churchley, Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Lane and Cameron Bess on board on Dec. 11, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)
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Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and crew capsule launch the NS-19 space tourism flight with Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Laura Shepard Churchley, Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Lane and Cameron Bess on board on Dec. 11, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.

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Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and crew capsule launch the NS-19 space tourism flight with Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Laura Shepard Churchley, Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Lane and Cameron Bess on board on Dec. 11, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.

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Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and crew capsule launch the NS-19 space tourism flight with Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Laura Shepard Churchley, Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Lane and Cameron Bess on board on Dec. 11, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)

Blue Origin has concluded its livestream of the NS-19 mission, now that each one six folks have returned to Earth. Our wrap story shall be posted shortly, in addition to images and extra from the mission. 

In the meantime, you may see a replay of the launch and touchdown on the prime of this web page and this is a full replay of Blue Origin’s complete webcast. And take a look at some early images from the mission above.

NS-19 crew receives Blue Origin astronaut pins

The crew is safely out of the spacecraft and has obtained their Blue Origin astronaut pins from founder Jeff Bezos.

Crew emerges from New Shepard spacecraft

The Blue Origin NS-19 crew is now popping out of the New Shepard spacecraft, after touchdown within the desert close to Van Horn, Texas. Family, pals, not less than one movie crew and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos are becoming a member of the restoration groups in welcoming the six crew members again to Earth, following the transient suborbital mission. 

Crew awaits restoration with thumbs-up

The Blue Origin NS-19 crew is awaiting restoration as helicopters arrive on the website close to Van Horn, Texas. We’ve seen a number of members giving thumbs-up from their home windows, on the printed.

Crew touches down underneath parachute

The six-person Blue Origin NS-19 crew, together with “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan, has arrived safely on Earth after descending within the spacecraft underneath its parachutes. We heard cries of “Hit it!” within the spacecraft within the moments earlier than touchdown.

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and crew capsule launch the NS-19 space tourism flight with Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Laura Shepard Churchley, Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Lane and Cameron Bess on board on Dec. 11, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)

New Shepard rocket returns to Earth, crew continues spaceflight

The New Shepard rocket simply touched down safely for touchdown. The six-person crew, using within the RSS First Step spacecraft, is continuous the spaceflight as deliberate.

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and crew capsule launch the NS-19 space tourism flight with Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Laura Shepard Churchley, Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Lane and Cameron Bess on board on Dec. 11, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)

‘Check this out!’

The spacecraft has separated from its rocket and we will hear the NS-19 crew exclaiming concerning the view within the broadcast, together with the phrases, “Check this out!”

Main engine cutoff

Main engine cutoff simply occurred on the NS-19 mission. The crew is continuous their spaceflight and the rocket will quickly be making an attempt an autonomous touchdown.

Liftoff!

LIFTOFF of the Blue Origin NS-19 mission with six folks on board, together with “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan.

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and crew capsule launch the NS-19 space tourism flight with Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Laura Shepard Churchley, Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Lane and Cameron Bess on board on Dec. 11, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)

T-1 minute to launch

The Blue Origin NS-19 mission is now solely 60 seconds from launch. The entry bridge has retracted for the launch. “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan was seen within the window on the printed.

T-5 minutes to launch

We are actually T-5 minutes from launching the Blue Origin NS-19 mission.

New launch time of 10:01 a.m. EDT

We simply heard the ultimate go-no go ballot from Blue Origin’s Mission Control for launch, saying that the flight is go.

 After a number of further minutes of holds, the brand new launch time for the New Shepard NS-19 mission is forecast to be 10:01 a.m. EDT (9:01 a.m. native time in Van Horn, Texas or 1501 GMT).

‘The capsule is able to fly’

At T-13 minutes, the New Shepard spacecraft is now “escape enabled,” which suggests the escape system is energetic and the rocket is able to fly. We additionally noticed the launch tower barely transfer away from the rocket, in the course of the broadcast.

‘The Original Six’

Blue Origin is beginning to discuss with the NS-19 crew as “The Original Six” in its broadcast. This is the primary six-person crew to climb on board a New Shepard flight, however the moniker has older origins than that. 

“The Original Seven” was a nickname typically used for the Mercury 7, which is the identify for the primary seven astronauts chosen by NASA in 1959. Alan Shepard was amongst these first NASA astronauts chosen, and grew to become the primary of the group to fly to space in 1961. His daughter Laura Shepard Churchley is a part of the NS-19 crew, flying on board a spacecraft named after her father.

‘Star Trek’ pendant flying on New Shepard

Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard, shall be flying with a pendant normal after the “Long Live and Prosper” signal made well-known on “Star Trek.” The pendant is a private merchandise of Julie Nimoy, daughter of Leonard Nimoy (Spock on “The Original Series.”) The elder Nimoy invented the signal within the Nineteen Sixties and was recognized to log off on his tweets with “LLAP” earlier than his loss of life in 2015.

LLAP necklace Blue Origin

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)

Hatch closes to the New Shepard spacecraft

The six members of the Blue Origin NS-19 crew are actually contained in the New Shepard spacecraft, the RSS First Step, with the hatch closed.

Crew begins New Shepard spacecraft ingress

The six-member NS-19 crew is starting ingress of the New Shepard spacecraft. 

Blue Origin's New Shepard NS-19 space tourism launch with Good Morning America host Michael Strahan and five others.

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)

Crew begins stroll up launch tower

The six-member NS-19 Blue Origin crew is starting to ascend the launch tower to the New Shepard spacecraft.

NS-19 crew arrives on the launch pad

The NS-19 crew is now at Blue Origin’s Launch Pad One in Van Horn, Texas, on the point of board the New Shepard spacecraft for launch.

Crew driving to launch pad

The six members of the NS-19 crew, together with “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan, is now driving to the launch pad. Also in one of many autos is Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, who flew to space July 20 as a part of the debut crew launch, known as NS-16.

Crew emerges from coaching heart

The NS-19 crew simply emerged from the coaching heart to get into their automobile that may transport them to the launch pad.

New Shepard system on the pad forward of NS-19 launch

The Blue Origin broadcast confirmed an early-morning view of the New Shepard system sitting prepared on the pad, forward of the deliberate liftoff of the NS-19 mission later this morning.

new shepard ns-19 on pad

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)

Commemorative coin

Here’s a picture of the commemorative mission coin that the NS-19 crew will take into space. It contains photos of the Blue Origin image (a feather) and the New Shepard rocket.

blue origin coin

(Image credit score: Blue Origin)

Key moments to observe for earlier than launch

Key moments in as we speak’s countdown to launch:

  • T-54 minutes, ceremony throughout which crew receives commemorative cash
  • T-45 minutes, crew departs the Astronaut Training Center and strikes to the launch tower. 
  • T-33 minutes, astronauts will load into the crew capsule. 
  • T-24 minutes, capsule hatch shut.
  • T-10 minutes, Terminal Count Ready Report from Mission Control.

Robert Pearlman of collectSPACE on website

Robert Pearlman of collectSPACE, who’s a long-time Space.com contributor, is reporting reside from Van Horn. 

Here’s his first report on Twitter from the launch website: “Good morning from ‘s Launch Site One, where there is a #NewShepard rocket on the pad and a chill in the air! Launch preparations are underway for an 8:45 a.m. CST liftoff with the #NS19 crew. @BlueOrigin

Tribute for Glen de Vries

Blue Origin ran a brief tribute video (out there beneath) for Glen de Vries, a participant within the firm’s NS-18 spaceflight with “Star Trek” star William Shatner. De Vries died in a plane crash in November. 

Weather is sweet for launch

Blue Origin’s webcast simply stated that climate is wanting good for launch.

Blue Origin’s webcast is reside

Blue Origin’s reside launch webcast for as we speak’s NS-19 New Shepard mission has begun. You can watch it within the window on the prime of this web page. 

Meet Blue Origin’s NS-19 crew

Blue Origin has launched a brand new video showcasing New Shepard’s NS-19 crew and you may watch it right here. 

The NS-19 mission will launch Good Morning America host and former NFL star Michael Strahan on a suborbital journey with 5 crewmates, together with Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of the late Alan Shepard, considered one of NASA’s Mercury 7 astronauts who was the primary 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 within the video. 

“The moment that I decided I would be willing to go was here,” Strahan says, referring to when he lined 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 many 4 paying passengers, says going to space has been a lifelong dream, whereas one other passenger, Evan Dick, says he’d hoped to work in aerospace when he was youthful and is catching up for misplaced time with this flight. 

Father-child duo of Lane and Cameron Bess — additionally paying passengers — spherical 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’s pansexual, says within 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.

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 score: Blue Origin)

It’s launch day for Blue Origin’s NS-19 mission aboard New Shepard, which can liftoff off at 9:45 a.m. EST (1445 GMT) to hold Good Morning America host and former NFL participant Michael Strahan and 5 others on a suborbital journey to space. 

The six New Shepard crewmembers are at Blue Origin’s Launch Site One close to Van Horn, Texas for as we speak’s launch. They’re staying at Blue Origin’s Astronaut Village, the place they’re flight has been delayed since Dec. 9 resulting from excessive winds and climate. 

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

Flying aboard the New Shepard automobile with Strahan shall be:

  • Laura Shepard Churchley, 74, the eldest daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard. Shepard was the primary NASA astronaut to fly in space, and the New Shepard spacecraft is known as after him.
  • Dylan Taylor, 51, 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.
  • Evan Dick, age not disclosed, an engineer and investor who’s a volunteer pilot for Starfighters Aerospace.
  • Lane Bess, age not disclosed, principal and founding father of a technology-focused enterprise fund known as Bess Ventures and Advisory.
  • Cameron Bess, age not disclosed, who’s a toddler of Lane. They stream selection content material on Twitch underneath the alias MeepsKitten.

We’ll have reside protection of the countdown and launch right here. 

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