Michael Strahan Returns Back To Earth Following Blue Origin’s Space Flight

Michael Strahan Returns Back To Earth Following Blue Origin’s Space Flight

Michael Strahan has returned to Earth after joining Jeff Bezos’ rocket company on a trip to space.

On Saturday, Michael and five other crew members, including Laura Shepard Churchley, the daughter of Alan Shepard, took flight around 9:45 am. The lift-off for the New Shepard’s suborbital flight was live-streamed on YouTube. The Blue Origin rocket took off into space from Bezos’ ranch near Van Horn, Texas.

The trip was 10-minutes long and included the crew being weightless for roughly 4 minutes before returning to Earth.

Strahan describes the flight as “unreal” and says he “wants to go back” after landing in Texas.

Michael had a strict weight limit when bringing items along for the ride. However, Strahan decided to bring a pack of mementos, his Super Bowl XLII Ring, a lucky $2 bill, a necklace from his girlfriend’s late grandmother & 12 shell casings from the 12-gun salute performed at his father funeral.

According to the Blue Origin website, the space vehicle could hold up to six passengers at a time. The New Shepard spacecraft is also “fully autonomous,” meaning there isn’t a pilot. The vehicle was “designed to take astronauts and research payloads past the Kármán line — the internationally recognized boundary of space.”

Michael shared his excitement in an Instagram video, saying the experience was surreal and unbelievable. The former NFL player made a joke captioning the video, “touchdown has a new meaning now.”

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