Good Morning America: Michael Strahan set for space flight with Blue Origin

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Michael Strahan has confirmed he will be the latest star heading to space, thanks to Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.

The Good Morning America host, 50, became the envy of his co-stars as he confirmed the news on today’s episode.

There was also a special VT following his journey from American football player to rocket man, including the emotional moment he picked up his uniform.

‘In less than three weeks, on December 9, I will be blasting off in the next Blue Origin space launch,’ he told the panel. ‘There we go, I’m going to space!

‘Blue Origin, they approached me and they asked if I wanted to be a crew member. Without hesitation, I said yes!’

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Addressing what made him take them up on the offer, Michael continued: ‘I wanted to go to space. I think being there at the first launch, it really was mind-blowing. Innovators have been risk takers.

GMA Michael Strahan

GMA host Michael Strahan will be heading to space in the next couple of weeks (Picture: AFP)

‘It’s going to take a while but I do believe but I think it will bring a lot of technological breakthroughs and also innovations to us here on Earth. I just wanted to be a part of it. I was really enamoured by the first flight I saw.’

He will be heading to the Blue Origin facility, in Texas, in just over a week for a safety briefing and to begin training for the flight.

Michael won’t be the only person on the flight, and will be joined by Laura Shepard Churchley, Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, Lane Bess and son Cameron Bess – with the pair making history as the first father-and-son team in space.

Viewers were living for the news, and flocked to social media to share their excitement.

Star Trek actor William Shatner

William Shatner recently returned from the trip of a lifetime with Blue Origin (Picture: Reuters)

‘So excited for you, so if hear them asking tell them you also someone they can approach,’ a fan replied. ‘Safe journeys! I know when come back you not gonna front, let us know if it’s as exciting as they lead us to believe [sic].’

‘Hope you’re able to give us live coverage, especially of how the stars really are glowing we need to see what’s really going on out there!!! I’ll be watching,’ a follower agreed.

A Twitter user penned: ‘Talk about wearing many hats, @michaelstrahan!’

As one added: ‘Be safe!!!!  Can’t wait to watch and hear you talk about it.’

Michael will be following on in the famous footsteps of William Shatner, after the Star Trek icon jetted to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket just weeks ago.

‘The little things, weightlessness, but to see the blue colour whip by,’ he said after the trip. 

‘And now you’re staring at the blackness. That’s the thing, the covering of blue…this comforter of blue we have around us.’

‘This experience is something unbelievable.’

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