By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer
Football star and TV superstar Michael Strahan hurtled towards area with Jeff Bezos’ rocket firm Saturday, sharing the journey with the daughter of America’s first astronaut.
The co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and former New York Giant had a soccer with him as Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket blasted off from West Texas on the deliberate 10-minute flight. Carrying the 2 VIP company and 4 paying prospects, the capsule aimed for an altitude of about 66 miles (106 kilometers).
It was anticipated to be 5 minutes and 50 miles (187 kilometers) shorter than Alan Shepard’s Mercury flight from Cape Canaveral on May 5, 1961. His eldest daughter, Laura Shepard Churchley, took alongside a tiny piece of his Freedom 7 capsule in addition to mementos from his Apollo 14 moonshot and golf balls in honor of her dad, who smacked some on the lunar floor.
Bezos — who noticed the six off from the launch and touchdown advanced close to Van Horn — named his firm’s New Shepard rocket after him.
Strahan packed his Super Bowl ring and his newly retired No. 92 jersey for the journey. Bezos additionally put a soccer aboard that can go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
This is Blue Origin’s third passenger flight. Bezos, who based Amazon six years earlier than Blue Origin, was on the debut launch in July. The second, in October, included actor William Shatner — Captain James Kirk of TV’s authentic “Star Trek.”
The reusable, automated capsule was particularly crowded this time. Instead of 4, there have been six flying.
Blue Origin initially focused Thursday for the launch, however excessive wind compelled a delay.
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