Michael Strahan in space: ‘Good Morning America’ companion ready to take off on Blue Origin flight

NEW YORK – Michael Strahan is gearing up for a historic mission to space Saturday morning.

Blue Origin announced Wednesday that the co-operator’s scheduled flight “Good Morning America” ​​aboard the New Shepard has been rescheduled from Thursday to Saturday due to windy forecasts.

It’s scheduled to launch on Saturday, December 11, at 9:45 a.m. ET / 8:45 a.m. CT/6:45 a.m. PT.

Thursday’s original launch date is hindered by high winds.

Crew trainer Kevin Sprogue told ABC News that the weather was crucial for a safe landing.

“We have wind limits on launch but they tend to be much higher than the compartment limit for landing,” he said.

With the launch delay, Strahan and crew had more time to prepare. The crew must pass the final test and check everything they have learned before they can explode.

Strahan will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on a mission aboard the New Shepard, a spacecraft named after her father and the first American in space.

“I’ve done a lot of training camps – but this is definitely a training like no other down here,” he said after more than a decade reporting for training camp in the NFL.

The Blue Origin flight, by the company led by Jeff Bezos, will also carry four paying customers and will be the third by New Shepard this year to send humans into space.

The 10-minute flight, five minutes less than Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury flight, will depart West Texas carrying six people, two more than the two previous flights this year with humans on board. ship.

Similar to previous flights, Strahan’s flight likely included about three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the earth’s curvature.

Passengers are subjected to a force of nearly 6 G, or six times the force of earth’s gravity, as the capsule descends.

Strahan said he was carrying some valuable possessions on board.

“I’m wearing my retired Giants jersey, my Hall of Fame ring, my Super Bowl ring, some special watches and the most special thing for me as my father passed away and had a funeral. in the army,” the shell shell he said was fired. from the gun, “I’m taking them out into space.”

Strahan continued, “My dad’s a paratrooper and you know, hopefully I’ll stay on board. He jumped out of the plane but it made me feel closer to him so I love him. Dad and that’s what I like.”

He added that he was carrying his grandfather’s pocket watch that was given to him by his mother for repair, but Strahan thought, “I have to keep it to take it into space before I repair it.”

The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this report.

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