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Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, sent Michael Strahan on a supersonic joy ride to the edge of space Saturday morning.
The Good Morning America host was joined by the daughter of famed astronaut Alan Shepard and four paying customers on the suborbital space tourism rocket that launched from Texas.
Saturday’s flight marked Blue Origin’s third human spaceflight – the first with six astronauts on board.
On the company’s two previous flights — including a flight in July that sent Bezos to space — only four of the seats were filled.
“We had a great flight today. This was our sixth flight in what has been a great year for the New Shepard program. We flew 14 astronauts to space, flew a NASA payload flight that tested lunar landing sensors and completed our certification test flights,” Bob Smith, CEO Blue Origin, said.
Strahan came off the capsule thrilled and was greeted by Bezos. The group of six took a 10-minute, supersonic flight that reached more than 60 miles above the Earth’s surface before parachuting to a landing.
“I wanna go back,” he said. “The Gs … it’s not a facelift, it’s a face drop. I know what I’m going to look like at 85.”
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