Michael Strahan space flight delayed, Blue Origin announces

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  • Michael Strahan
    Michael Strahan
    American football defensive end
  • Jeff Bezos
    Jeff Bezos
    CEO of Amazon
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The flight that will see Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan blasted into space has been delayed.

Blue Origin, the private space company owned by Jeff Bezos, said that it would have to wait to send him and the rest of his crew up to the edge of space.

Weather is the only issue limiting the launch – with vehicle checks already complete – meaning that it should be able to take off as scheduled later this week if everything goes to plan.

Strahan was supposed to blast off Thursday from West Texas with five others for the 10-minute flight. But on Wednesday, Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, bumped the launch to Saturday because of high wind.

Strahan is a co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and former NFL player.

Joining him on the short hop will be Laura Shepard Churchley, the oldest daughter of America’s first astronaut, Alan Shepard, as well as four paying customers. The company hasn’t disclosed the price.

The six space tourists will launch aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, 60 years after its namesake’s pioneering Mercury flight. It will be Blue Origin’s third launch with people on board.

Bezos strapped in for the first passenger flight in July.

Additional reporting by agencies

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