SNL’s Pete Davidson No Longer Flying to Space on Blue Origin’s 4th Human Flight
Along with 5 paying customers, it was announced that Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson was joining the crew Blue Origin’s NS-20 Mission on Wednesday, March 23rd. As of last night, Blue Origin announced the date of the flight has moved to Tuesday March 29 and "Pete Davidson is no longer able to join the NS-20 crew on this mission."
(This article was updated March 18)
The New Shepard rocket and capsule will carry six passengers to space and then back to Earth. Earlier this week, Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin announced the crew flying on its upcoming New Shepard Mission flight. Since the announcement, Pete Davidson will longer be joining the NS-20 crew.
The crew will include Marty Allen (a CEO and angel investor), husband and wife duo Sharon (founder of nonprofit SpaceKids Global) and Marc Hagle (CEO of the commercial and residential property company Tricor International), Jim Kitchen (teacher and entrepreneur), and Dr. George Nield (former NASA manager who has worked to promote commercial spaceflight). With SNL's Davidson no longer able to join the flight, there will be a sixth crew member annouced in the coming days.
The NS-20 crew will each carry a postcard to space on behalf of Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, whose mission “is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM for the benefit of Earth.”
New Shepard stands at 60 feet tall equipped with fins for aerodynamic stabilization. When it comes time to board the spacecraft on Earth, the crew will need to climb a launch tower in order to reach their seats. Then they will be sitting in a reclined position for over an hour before liftoff.
The space vehicle is set to fly just above the Kármán line, which outlines the edge of space. The astronauts will experience roughly three minutes of weightlessness and out of this world views before parachuting down to Earth in their crew capsule. The rocket will return autonomously and land at the launch site.
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