Michael Strahan Will Travel Into Space

13th December, 2021.      //   General Interest, Space Travel  // 
Michael Strahan

Former NFL and Texas Southern University (HBCU) football player Michael Strahan will make history by traveling to space aboard Blue Origin New Shepard flight NS-19 on Dec. 11, 2021. Strahan is set to become the first HBCU and NFL Hall of Fame football player to ever fly in space.

Blue Origin will launch the six-person crew to the edge of space in its third suborbital human flight in 2021. Jeff Bezos requested Michael Strahan to join the mission with four paying customers. The New Shepard spacecraft will include Strahan, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard’s daughter Laura Shepard Churchley, and four paying passengers: Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, and parent-child pair Lane and Cameron Bess.

Strahan should be the second retired NFL player to reach space after former wide receiver and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin made two trips on Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist (STS-122) and mission specialist 1 (STS-129). Leland Melvin spent 23 days in space over two space shuttle missions.

New Shepard crew will man the spacecraft at 8:15 AM CT and liftoff for space at 8:45 AM CT. The launch will occur at Blue Origins’ Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas.

Michael Strahan, 50, is a co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America,” host of “$100,000 Pyramid” and analyst of “Fox NFL Sunday” during the football season. Strahan will be the first former HBCU football player and the second retired NFL football player to launch into space. The Hall of Famer played defensive end for the New York Giants for 15 seasons before officially retiring in 2007. Strahan, who is 6 feet, 5 inches tall (196 cm), will become the tallest person in history to reach space.

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