Michael Strahan’s Blue Origin Launch on New Shepard
Blue Origin will conduct its third human spaceflight on Saturday, December 11, the first with six astronauts on board.
The astronaut manifest includes, Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan, Evan Dick, Dylan Taylor, Cameron Bess, and Lane Bess.
On Dec. 11, 2021, Blue Origin will launch former NFL football player and Good Morning America host Michael Strahan to space alongside five crewmates on the New Shepard rocket’s NS-19 mission.
Liftoff is set for 9:45 a.m. EST (1445 GMT) with a live webcast to begin at 8:15 a.m. EST (1315 GMT). Strahan will launch on a suborbital flight on New Shepard with Laura Shepard Churchley, eldest daughter of famed NASA astronaut Alan Shepard, and paying passengers Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, Lane Bess and Cameron Bess.
who is Laura Shepard Churchley? Astronaut Alan Shepard’s Daughter
Laura Shepard Churchley Age: How Old Is Astronaut Alan Shepard’s Daughter?
- Astronaut Alan Shepard’s daughter Laura Shepard Churchley, age 74, is one of six members who will fly to space on Blue Origin’s new rocket New Shepard.
- Laura Shepard Churchley is the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, who is the first American to fly to space.
- Blue Origin’s spacecraft, New Shepard, is actually named after Mr. Shepard.
- Churchley is traveling to space alongside five other crew members in Blue Origin’s new rocket. The flight is scheduled to take off on December 9.
Laura Shepard Churchley Age: How Old Is Alan Shepard Daughter?
- Laura Shepard Churchley’s age is 74 years old as of now.
She was born to Alan and his wife Louise Shepard in 1947. She was followed by her younger sister, Julie, in 1951.
After the death of her mother’s sister, they adopted her daughter in 1956, who was only five years old at the time, as per The Focus.
Laura Shepard Churchley Wikipedia Bio
Laura Shepard Churchley is serving as the board of trustees chairman of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.
The organization raises money to help college students pursue their careers in mathematics, engineering, and technology.
Ms. Churchley was only 13 years old when her father, Alan, became the second person and the first American to fly to space.
Moreover, she is an honorary consultant of the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium. She is a former President of the Hiwan Women’s Golf Association and board member of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Foundation.
She ran a retail business previously. Now, she is an active member of the space and astronaut community. She has a lot of experience in the field, serving as president, treasurer, and chaplain at PEO.
So, she must have made a lot of money in the years and must have a net worth of a few million dollars.
Laura Shepard Churchley’s verified net worth is not estimated at the time of publication.
Alan Shepard’s daughter, Micheal Strahan among six launching to space
Sixty years after NASA astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space, his oldest daughter plans to blast off Saturday on a sub-orbital flight of her own, joining former NFL star and TV host Michael Strahan, two entrepreneurs and a father-and-son duo aboard a Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft.
“It’s kind of fun for me to say an original Shepard will fly on the New Shepard,” Laura Shepard Churchley said in a video tweeted by Blue Origin.
“I’m very proud of my father’s legacy,” she added. “He was the first American in space and the fifth man on the moon and so far, has been the only man to play golf on the moon. I believe he would say the same thing as my children: Go for it, Laura.”
Blastoff from Blue Origin’s West Texas launch site, near the small town of Van Horn, is currently targeted for 9:45 a.m. EST Saturday, weather permitting. The flight was originally scheduled for Thursday but was postponed due to high winds.
If all goes well, the New Shepard rocket will propel the passengers to an altitude of just above 62 miles, the internationally recognized “boundary” between the discernible atmosphere and space.
The six crew members will enjoy three to four minutes of weightlessness — and jaw-dropping views — before a parachute descent to Earth to close out a 10-minute up-and-down flight.
The 19th New Shepard mission — NS-19 — will be Blue Origin’s third flight with passengers on board, and the first with a full six-member crew. Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-old aviation pioneer Wally Funk and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen took off July 20 on the company’s first such flight.
Churchley and Strahan, a retired Hall of Fame professional football player and co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” are flying as guests of Blue Origin. Their four crewmates — Lane Bess and his son, Cameron, Evan Dick and Dylan Taylor — bought their tickets for undisclosed amounts.
As might be expected, Strahan is the “star” of New Shepard flight 19, while Churchley’s quest to follow in her father’s footsteps is generating widespread interest among space enthusiasts and history buffs.
Alan Shepard, one of NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts, became the first American to fly in space when he blasted off on May 5, 1961, three weeks after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin rocketed into history as the first human to reach orbit. Shepard went on to walk on the moon as commander of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, famously hitting a golf ball during a moonwalk.
In an interview on “Good Morning America,” Strahan asked Churchley what she was most excited about.
“I’m excited to kind of be following in my father’s footsteps, for starters,” she said. “And I’m excited just to go up into space to see what it all looks like. I’ve been looking at stars with my father forever, and now we’re all going to get really close. And it’s just going to be thrilling.”
Blue Origin will launch a full crew of six to the edge of space aboard the company’s New Shepard sub-orbital spacecraft Saturday (left to right): Dylan Taylor, Lane Bess and his son Cameron, Laura Shepard Churchley, TV personality Michael Strahan and Evan Dick. Credit: Blue Origin
he other crew members are relative unknowns on the public stage, although Taylor is an active and widely respected space investor and enthusiast.
In an interview with The Miami Herald, Bess, founder of Bess Ventures and Advisory, a fund that invests in high-technology startups, said he anticipates a “Zen moment” as he soars out of the atmosphere.
“We deal with COVID, political unrest and even the challenges of a business career,” he told the Herald. “But when you look at the bigger perspective, you hopefully get this appreciation: How much do these things matter in the longer scheme of our planet and life and where we come from? … I will have the picture of the view that I’ll have looking out the window in my mind for the rest of my life.”
Taylor, one of the world’s most active private space investors and a co-founding patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, said on his web page he never dreamed, while growing up in rural Idaho, that he might one day fly in space himself.
“I thought spaceflight was a possibility that only a handful of astronauts could achieve, and I could have never imagined that would someday include me,” he wrote in a blog post.
“To be one of just 600 humans to (travel) into space since the beginning of time? How could this even be possible? What an extraordinary privilege. But as many of us believe, with great privilege comes great responsibility.”
He said he planned to donate the price he paid for a ticket to multiple charities and encouraged other commercial space travelers to do the same. He calls it “buy one, give one.”
“It is simple, donate to worthy causes here on Earth the equivalent of the ticket price for the spaceflight,” he wrote. “Commercial astronauts are predicted to spend several hundred million dollars in the next five years. The impact that cohort could have here on Earth if they all supported this initiative could be very substantial.”
Competition for private spaceflight
The NS-19 mission marks the seventh piloted commercial, non-government sub-orbital spaceflight in a high-stakes competition between Bezos’ Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, owned by fellow billionaire Richard Branson.
Virgin has launched four piloted flights of its winged spaceplane VSS Unity, most recently sending up Branson, two pilots and three company crewmates on July 11. It’s not clear when the company will stage its next flight, but three researchers will be on board representing the Italian air force. Commercial passenger flights are expected to begin next year.
Blue Origin followed up the Bezos flight by launching a suite of NASA experiments on an unpiloted mission August 26.
Then, on October 13, actor William Shatner — Captain Kirk of “Star Trek” fame — and three crewmates were launched on the company’s 18th flight overall and the second with passengers aboard.
“What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine,” he told Bezos, on the verge of tears, after the flight. “I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. I just, it’s extraordinary, extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this, I hope that I can maintain what I feel now, I don’t want to lose it.
“It’s so, so much larger than the me and life. It hasn’t got anything to do with a little green planet, a blue orb, it has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death. Oh my God.”
who is Michael Strahan ?
Michael T. Strahan is an American television personality, journalist, and former professional American football player.
(/ˈstreɪhæn/ STRAY-hann; born November 21, 1971)
He played all 15 seasons of his career with the New York Giants of the National Football League. A dominant pass rusher, Strahan currently holds the league recognized single season record for quarterback sacks in a season, and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII over the New England Patriots in his final season in 2007.
who is Dylan Taylor ?
Dylan Taylor is an American executive and super angel investor in the NewSpace industry.
(born October 23, 1970)
He is the Chairman and CEO of Voyager Space Holdings and former Global President of Colliers International.
Who is investor Evan Dick, Blue Origin’s most mysterious crew member?
Blue Origin has announced its crew for New Shepard’s 19th mission, which is set to launch on 9 December. The crew features two honorary guests as well as four paying customers. Who are they?
Following the news, some are curious to know who investor Evan Dick is as he’s one of four paying customers who’ll travel on the upcoming flight to space.
Who is Evan Dick?
Evan Dick is one of the six set to fly to space as part of Blue Origin New Shepard’s latest mission.
Away from his upcoming space venture, Dick is an investor and engineer.
According to his Blue Origin bio, Dick previously worked for investment firms D.E. Shaw and Highbridge Capital Management.
The bio also names him as a member of Dick Holdings LLC, which is in the management of companies and enterprises sector.
Who will he join on New Shepard’s 19th mission?
Evan Dick will join six others on board Blue Origin’s New Shepard as it completes its 19th mission. Out of the six, he is one of four paying customers alongside Voyager Space chief executive Dylan Taylor, and Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and son Cameron Bess.
They will join two honorary guests – Laura Shepard Churchley, who is the daughter of American space pioneer Alan Shepard, and Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan.
The full crew was announced today (Tuesday, 23 November), with the mission due to blast off into space on Thursday, 9 December:
who is Cameron Bess?
Cameron Bess: The furry influencer launching into space on board Blue Origin flight
Cameron Bess, one of the passengers on board Blue Origin’s latest flight, is making history in a number of ways.
They are the first out pansexual person to go to space, and the first to go alongside a parent. But perhaps the most notable first is one that Bess seems keen to stress: they will be the first furry in space.
who is Lane Bess?
Lane Bess, has served as principal and founder of family fund Bess Ventures and Advisory, LLC, a strategic management, investment and marketing services firm, since February 2015.
(born September 18, 1961)
He is known for his work in technology and venture capital.
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