Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin announced its new batch of space tourists on Tuesday that includes two honorary guests and four paying customers.
Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley — the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American to fly to space — have been gifted their seats on the New Shepard rocket set to launch on December 9.
The other four, who have paid a high price for the experience, include space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and Cameron Bess, who will become the first parent-child duo to fly in space.
I have to say, there are a lot of people who look and they go, 'You know what? Billionaires spend a lot of money to go into space,' but this is bigger than that,' Strahan said in an interview with Bezos after Blue Origin's first human flight, according to collectSpace.
'This is not just about you trying to go to space, this is so big in terms of education and for things that are going on on this planet.'
Blue Origin notes that since Strahan was invited to join the flight, he will receive a stipend.
However, he is planning on donating the amount to the Boys & Girls Club.
According to Tom Hanks, one of these tickets to blast off into the very edge of the atmosphere runs around 28 million dollars. That is mad guap. 28 million is legit multi-generational wealth, you could put that in a savings account and easily live off only the interest. I do believe Michael Strahan will officially be the first person to play in the NFL as well as go to space. A monumental moment in history.
As I have said before, Jeff Bezos is just headed to fraud space, planes have flown higher. So there are almost zero reasons to pay 28 million dollars to go there.
Even if you thought the zero gravity was worth it for a fraction of a second, there are much better ways to experience 0 gravity through airplanes flying through parabolic arcs.
Anyway, I hope everyone gets to space and back safely. Michael Strahan will probably have some realistic takes on the whole experience. Tbh It sounds like a glorified roller coaster with small windows to see outside.