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Michael Strahan to be the next space tourist on Blue Origin flight

Michael Strahan
Television personality Michael Strahan attends a special screening of “Religion of Sports” during the Tribeca TV Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea at Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

“Good Morning America” co-host and football legend Michael Strahan is going to space next month.

Strahan, who turns 50 on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on Dec, 9 mission aboard the New Shepard, a spacecraft named after her father, the American in space.

The Blue Origin flight, the company headed by Jeff Bezos, will also carry four paying customers and will be the third by the New Shepard craft this year to shuttle humans to space.

The 10-minute flight, five minutes less than Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury flight, will launch from West Texas carrying six people. two more than previous two flights this year with humans aboard.

Strahan, who played 15 years in the National Football League with the New York Giants, reported on the first Blue Origin light on “Good Morning America.”

“I want to go to space,” Strahan told “GMA.” “I think being there at the first launch, it really was mind-blowing,”