(NEXSTAR) – Six newly minted astronauts have returned to Earth after experiencing a few moments of weightlessness during spaceflight aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard on Saturday morning.
Michael Strahan, co-host of “Good Morning America,” and Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of American astronaut Alan Shepard, were among the guests of honor on New Shepard’s 19.order mission. Four other crew members are paying customers, according to Blue Origin.
Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos arrived at the site of this capsule shortly after a successful encounter in West Texas.
“Welcome back, guys!” he said, embracing each crew member.
Strahan, who was the first to get out of the capsule, later remarked to Bezos that the mission was even better than he had imagined.
“I want to go back,” Strahan can be heard telling Bezos in a video shared by Blue Origin. “I want to stay longer.”
Blue Sherpard’s 19th mission, and third manned flight, were originally scheduled for Thursday, but the decision was made on Wednesday to postpone the flight due to dangerous winds.
“The team has completed a Readiness Assessment and confirmed the vehicle has met all mission requirements for launch,” Blue Origin wrote on Wednesday. “Astronauts will complete training today, and weather remains the only guiding factor for launch.”
Bezos, meanwhile, flew into space on Blue Origin’s First manned mission in July with his brother Mark Bezos. Wally Funk, 82, and Oliver Daemen, 18, were also on the crew, becoming the oldest and youngest people in space at the time.
A second manned flight took place in October carrying William Shatner, 90, who later became oldest person to fly into space. Joining him were Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, and two other crew members.
Blue Origin is planning “many more flights” in 2022, according to the company.
However, starting in 2022, the FAA says it will not provide commercial astronaut wings for those venturing into space, due to the growing number.
“The U.S. commercial human spaceflight industry has come a long way from conducting test flights to sending paying customers into space,” said FAA Deputy Administrator Wayne. Monteith said in a New information posted Friday release. “The Astronaut Wings Program, created in 2004, served its original purpose of bringing additional attention to this exciting endeavor. Now is the time to give recognition to a larger group of explorers who dare to go into space. “
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