“Saturday Night Live” star comedian Pete Davidson has been confirmed as a celebrity to line up for a trip to the edge of outer space on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin craft next week.
Quoted from Reuters, Tuesday (15/3), Kim Kardashian’s lover was announced by Blue Origin on Monday (14/3) local time as a “guest of honor” joining five other paying customers for the company’s fourth commercial flight since last summer. .
Davidson was reported to have had discussions with Blue Origin earlier this month. So far, Davidson has not commented further.
The five people who will fly include investor Marty Allen, property entrepreneur Marc Hagle and his wife Sharon Hagle, University of North Carolina professor Jim Kitchen, and Commercial Space Technologies founder-president George Nield.
They are scheduled to take off on March 23 aboard the New Shepard launch vehicle from Van Horn, Texas, United States.
The entire flight, from takeoff to landing, is expected to last a little over 10 minutes. The crew will experience several minutes of weightlessness atop the 350,000 feet (106 km) suborbital summit, then will return to Earth by parachute landing in the desert.
Davidson, star of the television show “SNL” and film “The King of Staten Island”, is the celebrity selected as a non-paying Blue Origin passenger for promotional purposes.
Davidson will follow in the footsteps of “Star Trek” actor William Shatner who flew in last October, making him the oldest passenger to ever fly into space.
In addition to Shatner, “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan and the daughter of the late NASA astronaut Laura Shepard Churchley have flown on Blue Origin.
Bezos himself took part in Blue Origin’s maiden crewed flight into space in July last year with his brother Mark Bezos as well as Wally Funk and Oliver Daeman. (Ant/OL-12)