Good Morning America co-host and great NFL defender Michael Strahan will go into space next month.
Strahan, who turned 50 on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on a December 9 mission aboard the New Shepard spacecraft, named after her father and the first American in space.
Blue Origin Flight, a company headed by Jeff Bezos, will also serve four paying customers and will be the third New Shepard aircraft this year to take humans into space.
Blue Origin did not disclose ticket prices for paying customers.
The 10-minute flight, five minutes less than Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury flight, will be launched from West Texas with six people, two more than the previous two manned flights this year.
Similar to previous walks, Strahan’s flight will likely include about three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the curvature of the Earth. When the capsule is lowered, passengers are exposed to nearly 6 Gs, or six times the force of gravity.
Strahan, who played 15 years in the NFL for the New York Giants, announced Blue Origin’s maiden flight for Good Morning America.
“I want to go to space,” Strahan said. “Good Morning America.” “I think the first launch was really amazing.”