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Blue Origin completes fourth passenger flight without Pete Davidson

Jeff Bezos’ space venture Blue Origin safely completed its fourth manned voyage to low orbit Thursday morning without “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson, who aborted the mission days earlier.

The six passengers took off from their launch site in Texas on a New Shepard shuttle around 9 a.m. local time and returned to the ground about 10 minutes later. The spacecraft reached a top speed of 2,236 miles per hour, according to Blue Origin.

Davidson’s successor, longtime Blue Origin collaborator Gary Lai, was the first person to exit the capsule upon its return to Earth.

Lai is the chief architect of Blue Origin’s “New Shepard” shuttle program and was one of the first employees to join the company.

“I don’t know if I could, words could do it justice. You just have to feel it,” Lai said after landing the mission. He added that the feeling of going into space was “different” than expected.

The latest launch, dubbed the NS-20, was the 20th in Blue Origin’s history.

Pete Davidson appears on SNL in a space suit - but has retired from his Blue Origin flight.
Pete Davidson appears on SNL in a space suit – but has retired from his Blue Origin flight.
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Blue Origin NS-20 Mission
The Blue Origin mission took about 10 minutes from start to finish.
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In addition to Lai, crew members on the mission included investor Marty Allen; Sharon Hagle, Founder of SpaceKids Global; her husband and CEO of Tricor International Mark Hagle; Entrepreneur Jim Kitchen and George Nield, President of Commercial Space Technologies.

Blue Origin identified Kitchen as a “world explorer who has visited all 193 countries recognized by the UN”. Journey into space added another achievement to his adventure tally.

Kitchen displayed a flag with the number 194 as he exited the pod.

“This has crossed that final frontier of going into space. Let me tell you, that was an out-of-body experience,” Kitchen said. “On the way up you’re going 2,300 miles an hour and you feel every bit of it.”

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Blue Origin’s crew also included longtime collaborator Gary Lai.
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Passenger Jim Kitchen displayed a flag with the number 194 as he exited the capsule.
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Davidson’s plan to go into space with Blue Origin caused a lot of buzz this month – until the company announced on March 18 that the mission had been delayed and the comedian would no longer be taking part.

An exact reason for Davidson’s exit has not surfaced, although it conflicts with his The shooting schedule may have been a factor.

Blue Origin’s first three manned spaceflights have celebrities on board. Bezos took part in the company’s first-ever passenger flight last year, while “Star Trek” actor William Shatner was aboard the second mission in October 2021, and NFL star and TV host Michael Strahan flew into space last December.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/31/blue-origin-completes-4th-passenger-spaceflight-without-pete-davidson/ Blue Origin completes fourth passenger flight without Pete Davidson

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