Daughter of first American astronaut to launch on Blue Origin flight

On Saturday, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will launch its third private crew into space, this time featuring the daughter of America’s first astronaut.

The voyage will last about 11 minutes, beginning from the company’s Texas facility and climbing to a height of 62 miles (100 kilometers), just beyond the globally acknowledged border of space.

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Before the spaceship returns to Earth for a gentle parachute descent in the desert, the six-member crew will unbuckle and experience a few minutes of weightlessness.

Due to heavy winds, the launch date has been pushed back to Saturday at 8:45 a.m. local time (1445 GMT).

Laura Shepard Churchley, whose father Alan Shepard was the first American to fly into space in 1961, will be a Blue Origin guest.

In honor of the pioneering astronaut, the company’s suborbital rocket is called “New Shepard.”

There are four paying customers: space industry entrepreneur and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess, and Cameron Bess, as well as Michael Strahan, an American football Hall of Famer turned TV personality.

Lane and Cameron Bess will fly in space for the first time as a parent-child duo. The cost of the tickets has not been revealed.

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