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Michael Strahan becomes first news anchor to head into space


Dec 12, 2021

Michael Strahan has become the first news anchor to take a trip into space.

The Good Morning America host took a trip on Jeff Bezos’ latest Blue Origin flight, along with Laura Shepard Churchley – the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to fly into space – and four other passengers.

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Everyone was aboard the New Shepard on Saturday 11 December for lift-off in Van Horn, Texas, near the Amazon boss’ raunch. Investors Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, and Lane Bess, as well as the latter’s grownup offspring, Cameron Bess, went up with Strahan.

The duration of the ride was 10 minutes in total and upon completing the mission, Strahan admitted on the ground: “It’s unreal … I want to go back!”

The former American footballer recently insisted he wasn’t nervous about going into space.

“I’m excited. I am more nervous talking about football today than I am about going to outer space… It feels right. I feel good, I feel comfortable, I feel safe… I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be epic, that’s how I describe it… Something you think about as a kid, but now it’s going to happen… It’s mind-blowing, to be honest with you.”

Here are the best moments from @MichaelStrahan and crew’s launch to space this morning aboard the @BlueOrigin New Shepard! https://t.co/JxGOInVg3N pic.twitter.com/Rj7cXvjyYe

— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 11, 2021


Michael Strahan was put at ease by the Blue Origin team – and admitted he’d be more reluctant to go skydiving or bungee jumping than to fly to space.

“Everyone I’ve talked to, they made me feel comfortable with it. Everyone involved is a lot smarter than I am. I’m really not nervous… I’m more nervous getting into the ocean ’cause there are sharks there. I would never jump out of a plane and skydive, I’m not gonna bungee jump — but I’m gonna go to space,” he said.


The bell comes from a naval tradition of ringing a bell to announce the arrival or departure. pic.twitter.com/e7nHc9bcvo

— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) December 11, 2021


The 50-year-old star insisted training for the Super Bowl in his sporting prime was harder than preparing for the trip to outer space.

“Super Bowl, without a doubt, that’s more physical,” he said.

And Strahan dismissed suggestions he is crazy for taking the flight.

“If you don’t take chances in your life, no one will ever remember your name,” he added.

Honored to bring this @NFL football to SPACE!! Thank you, @JeffBezos, for surprising me with this on #TNF on FOX! @NFLonFOX @ProFootballHOF @blueorigin @SMAC pic.twitter.com/ubUBxAKyAC

— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) December 10, 2021

Strahan – who has Tanita, 29, and Michael Jr, 26, with first wife Wanda Hutchins and 16-year-old twins Isabella and Sophia with second wife Jean Muggli – admitted his youngest kids had an underwhelming reaction when he told them he’d been invited onto the rocket.

“They kind of laughed. ‘Really, you’re going to do that? Oh, that’s cool…’ That’s what you get out of teenagers,” he said.

Strahan’s trip comes after William Shatner, 90, became the oldest person to fly to space on a Blue Origin flight back in July.

Congratulations to @michaelstrahan and the @blueorigin team for making it to space today! pic.twitter.com/to9FxDL1Pm

— Mike Massimino (@Astro_Mike) December 11, 2021

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