How to watch Blue Origin’s third space sightseeing flight

Blue Origin is making final preparations for the third crewed launch of its New Shepard rocket.

The mission was originally scheduled for Thursday, December 9, but high winds at the West Texas launch site forced it to be pushed back to Saturday, December 11.

The 10-minute journey to the far reaches of space will carry six passengers, marking the first time Blue Origin has filled the capsule to capacity.

The crew includes guest star Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the first American in space and the person Blue Origin named his rocket for. hello america Co-host Michael Strahan will also be on board as a guest of Blue Origin.

The other seats will be occupied by fare-paying passengers Dylan Taylor, a space industry executive and philanthropist; investor Evan Dick; and Bess Ventures founder, Lane Bess, and his son, Cameron. The Besses are set to become the first parent-child pair to fly in space together.

Earlier this week, the crew made an appearance on hello america:

READY FOR TAKE OFF: @michaelstrahan talks about the final preparations before the space launch 🚀

— Hello America (@GMA) December 8, 2021

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket will carry the six crew members to the Kármán Line, a location approximately 62 miles above Earth that is widely believed to be the beginning of space. The crew will be able to see the darkness of space and the curvature of the Earth, and at the highest point will be able to leave their seat to experience several minutes of weightlessness. The capsule will then return to Earth in a parachute-assisted landing.

Suborbital space travel comes ahead of the launch of Blue Origin’s commercial space tourism service which could begin next year.

Blue Origin was created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2000. Bezos himself was part of Blue Origin’s first crewed flight in July.

Along with its space tourism service, the company also hopes to provide hardware to NASA for future missions.

How to watch

Blue Origin will launch the New Shepard rocket and its crew into outer space on Saturday, December 11, weather permitting.

The flight will begin at Launch Site One in West Texas at 9:45 a.m. ET (6:45 a.m. PT), though Blue Origin’s live stream will likely start about 90 minutes earlier.

You can watch the cover in the embedded video player at the top of this page or via the Blue Origin website.

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