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FAA Clips Private Astronaut Wings After Michael Strahan Launches Into Space Today


By Sandra Rose  | 

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Michael Strahan and 5 others are set to launch into space aboard Jeff Bezos‘ Blue Origin rocket Saturday morning.

The space launch comes as the Federal Aviation Administration closes its investigation into the safety of Blue Origin’s rockets. The investigation was inconclusive.

A crew of six will take off at 10:00AM ET from Blue Origin’s launch pad in Van Horn, Texas.

In addition to the Good Morning America host and former NFL linebacker Strahan, the crew includes Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Strahan and Shepard are non-paying guests.

The paying customers include: Evan Dick, an investor, Lane Bess, the founder of Bess Ventures, and Bess’ son Cameron Bess, and investor Dylan Taylor.

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The Blue Origin capsule carrying its 6-man crew will launch into space on top of a rocket, then separate 62 miles above earth where the crew will experience zero gravity.

When they land minutes later, they will be awarded commercial astronaut wings by the FAA.

The astronaut wings are awarded to people who fly more than 50 miles above earth on a commercial spacecraft.

However, the FAA announced it will end the special astronaut wings program to discourage further private launches into space.

This means Strahan and his crew will be the last to be awarded the FAA wings.

Watch the launch live below.
 

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Tags: astronaut, FAA, Good Morning America, Jeff Bezos, livestream video, Michael Strahan, space travel



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