Michael Strahan has completed his first space mission and was so amazed by what he experienced that he’d do it all over again.
The former NFL player and “Good Morning America” co-host took a quick trip to space on Dec. 11 aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. The flight, which lasted 10 minutes and 13 seconds, departed from the Launch Site One facility in West Texas with Strahan and five other passengers in tow, including Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of Alan Shepard, the nation’s first astronaut.
During their flight, Strahan and the other passengers were able to float around weightless for three minutes and take in views of Earth from 65 miles overhead, a total of 347,580 feet above ground level. Upon landing, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos met the crew as they exited the capsule, and Strahan expressed his excitement over the trip telling him, “I want to go back.”
“OK, here’s the thing,” Strahan told the small group after landing. “The G’s, it’s not a facelift but a face drop,” Strahan continued, joking that “I know what I’m going to look like at 85.”
Saturday’s successful flight was Blue Origin’s third space mission and first to travel with a full six-person crew. The prior October four-person crew launch included “Star Trek” actor William Shatner, which made him the oldest person to travel to space at the age of 90.
After being rescheduled from Thursday, Dec. 9 due to inclement weather, Strahan left the mission feeling like things “couldn’t have gone better.”
“Flight’s over! We’re done,” he shared in a social media update for followers. “I’m back at the training center here and I gotta say it was sur-real…it was unbelievable. It’s hard to even describe it. It’s going to take a little bit to process it but it couldn’t have gone better…I don’t know how to match this. Wow is all I can say. Wow.”
The mission’s additional passengers, who all paid to travel, were Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, Lane Bess, and Cameron Bess.
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