Former NFL star Michael Strahan is officially blasting off out of this world.
During “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Strahan confirmed he will be one of six passengers joining Jeff Bezos on the Blue Origin flight to space on Dec. 9. He confirmed that he’s already begun preparations for the flight as an honorary guest, and is planning on traveling to Western Texas for more training.
He also mentioned that standing six feet and five inches tall, he was fitted for his flight suit and tested the seats to make sure he fits.
“Blue Origin approached me, and asked me if I wanted to be a crew member,” Strahan stated on Tuesday morning. “Without hesitation, I said yes.”
Strahan is scheduled to launch on Blue Origin’s third crewed flight to space this year at 9:30 a.m. CT on Dec. 9. The flight will mark the first time Blue Origin will fill all six seats on its rocket and capsule, as the previous trips outside the atmosphere only filled four seats.
“I wanted to go to space,” Strahan explained when he was asked what made him want to take the journey. “I think being there at the first launch really was mindblowing … and I just wanted to be apart of it. I was really enamored by the first flight I saw.”
Strahan will be joined by honorary guest Laura Shephard Churchley. Four paying customers are venture capitalist Lane Bess and his son, Cameron, investor Evan Dick and angel investor and CEO of Voyager Space, Dylan Taylor.
Since spending 15 seasons in the NFL with the Giants, Strahan continues his professional career as a television co-anchor for Good Morning America. As an honorary crew member, Strahan will receive a stipend that will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club, according to ABC.
“To see the excitement to do this, to come together,” Strahan said, “you really feel like you’re part of a great team.”
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