Alan Shepard: Bezos house firm sends first US astronaut's daughter to house

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The daughter of the primary US astronaut, Alan Shepard, has blasted into house – 60 years after her father's flight.

Laura Shepard Churchley, 74, was one among six folks to make the journey onboard a business spacecraft launched by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin house firm.

The passengers had been briefly in a position to expertise zero gravity on the sub-orbital flight.

The flight was the third launched by Blue Origin in 2021 because it seeks to seize the house tourism market.

Ms Shepard Churchley's father, who died in 1998, grew to become the primary American in house after his Mercury flight took off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on 5 Could 1961.

Former NFL star and Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan was additionally on Saturday's flight in addition to 4 different paying prospects.

It marked the primary time that Blue Origin had crammed all six seats on its New Shepard rocket, which is called after the eponymous astronaut.

Having been delayed for 2 days by fierce winds, the flight lastly blasted off from the corporate's launch facility close to the agricultural city of Van Horn, Texas.

The flight adopted an identical path to earlier rockets launched by the corporate, earlier than touchdown within the Texas desert the place the vacationers had been greeted by Mr Bezos.

Lasting for simply over 10 minutes and reaching an altitude of round 62 miles (100km), it was 5 minutes and 116 miles shorter than Alan Shepard's inaugural flight.

His daughter introduced alongside a small piece of his capsule, in addition to some mementos from his later journey to the lunar floor aboard Apollo 14 in 1971.

"I thought of Daddy coming down and thought, gosh he didn't even get to get pleasure from any of what I'm attending to get pleasure from," Ms Shepard Churchley mentioned. "He was working. He needed to do it himself. I went up for the experience!".

Final month, Prince William criticised the actions of house tourism firms like Blue Origin, warning that their actions had been giving rise to elevated "local weather anxiousness" amongst youthful generations.

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