'Good Morning America' co-host Michael Strahan will go to space next month

The former New York Giants player had reported on the first Blue Origin flight for "Good Morning America".

Updated: November 23, 2021 - 6:47pm

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"Good Morning America" co-host and former NFL player Michael Strahan is going to space next month on Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin flight.

Strahan, who turned 50 years old on Sunday, will be on the Dec. 9 mission aboard the New Shepard spacecraft with Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space for whom the vessel is named after, The Associated Press reported.

The Blue Origin flight will carry four other paying customers and will be the New Shepard's third trip to space this year with humans aboard. The Bezos company hasn't disclosed the ticket price for those paying to go on the flight, according to the wire service.

The flight will be 10 minutes long, which is five minutes shorter than Alan Shepard's 1961 Mercury flight, and will launch from West Texas with two more passengers than the previous two flights carrying humans this year.

Like the previous flights, the one scheduled for Dec. 9 will likely include approximately three minutes of weightlessness for the passengers and a view of the curvature of the Earth. They will also experience nearly six times the force of Earth's gravity upon descent.

Strahan had reported for "Good Morning America" on the first Blue Origin flight.

"I want to go to space," he said. "I think being there at the first launch, it really was mind-blowing."

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