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Blue Origin Safely Completes Third Human Spaceflight

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
December 11, 2021
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New Shepard takes off with six passengers on Dec. 11, 2021. (Credit: Blue Origin website)

The NS-19 mission marks the sixth flight of the year for the program

VAN HORN, Texas (Blue Origin PR) — Blue Origin today successfully completed the third human spaceflight – the first with six astronauts on board. The astronaut manifest included, Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan, Evan Dick, Dylan Taylor, Cameron Bess, and Lane Bess.

“We had a great flight today. This was our sixth flight in what has been a great year for the New Shepard program. We flew 14 astronauts to space, flew a NASA payload flight that tested lunar landing sensors and completed our certification test flights,” said Bob Smith, CEO Blue Origin. “I want to thank our payload customers, our astronauts and, of course, Team Blue for these many important accomplishments. I am so proud to be part of this dedicated and hard-working team that ensures that each and every flight of New Shepard is safe and reliable. And it’s fun to say that this is just the beginning.” 

Blue Origin is planning several crewed and payload flights in 2022. If you are interested in flying on New Shepard, visit our website.

Jeff Bezos pins Blue Origin astronaut wings on Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard. (Credit: Blue Origin webcast)

 Also available for purchase on the Blue Origin Shop is the commemorative patch from today’s mission and other merchandise, including the signature Michael Strahan Brand Blue Origin hoodie. 

 In case you missed it you can view a full replay of today’s flight below.