Upper left to right: Lane Bess, Cameron Bess, Evan Dick
Lower left to right: Dylan Taylor, Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan

The next space tourism flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital rocket ship has been detailed.

This 19th mission, set for liftoff on December 9, will be the first to carry a full manifest of six astronauts to space – two honorary guests and four paying customers.

Guests include Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly to space.

The four customers include space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess, and Cameron Bess.

Lane and Cameron Bess will become the first parent-child pair to fly in space. 

Credit: Blue Origin

Karman line

“I am super excited to share with you that I will be going to space on NS-19 and becoming the 600th human to cross the Karman line,” said space traveler Dylan Taylor in an email.

Taylor has posted Part 1 of his adventure, explaining his “Journey to the Dream,” writing: “On December 9th, 2021, myself and a crew of five other commercial astronauts, will launch to low Earth orbit aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. It’s an experience that will mark another historic day as Blue Origin launches its third human-crewed rocket into space. Of course, it will also become a deeply personal milestone for me, and truly a dream come true.”

Credit: Dylan Taylor









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Live launch coverage begins on BlueOrigin.com at T-90 minutes. Liftoff is currently targeted for 9:00 am CST / 15:00 UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas. To watch the launch, go to:


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