The daughter of the first American astronaut went into space as a tourist

Laura Shepard Churchill, 74, the daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut, made a short spacewalk with five other people on Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin private spacecraft.

The spacecraft successfully reached a low orbit where passengers were able to temporarily experience weightlessness.

This was Blue Origin’s third launch in 2021; The company that intends to be a leader in the space tourism market.

Alan Shepard, who died in 1998, flew to Mercury from the center of Cape Canaveral, Florida on May 5, 1961. He was the first American to undertake such a mission.

The flight was hosted by Michael Estrahan, the former star of the National Football League (NFL) and the host of “Good Morning America” ​​and four other people who bought tickets for this trip.

This is the first time that Blue Origin has filled all six New Shepard rocket seats. The rocket is named after Alan Shepard.

The launch, which was delayed by two days due to strong winds, was finally launched on Saturday from the company’s launch center near the small town of Van Horn in Texas.

The launch went in the same direction as the previous rockets and landed in the Texas desert, where Mr. Bezos greeted the passengers.

The flight lasted just over 10 minutes and reached an altitude of 100 km, which was 5 minutes and 187 km shorter than Alan Shepard.

Mr. Shepard’s daughter accompanied the trip with a piece of Mercury capsule, as well as memorabilia from his 1971 Apollo 14 mission to the moon.

“When we came down, I thought of my father and told myself that he did not even have time to enjoy such a trip. He was busy. He had to do everything himself. I went up for a walk!”

Last month, Prince William criticized space tourism, warning that their activities were causing “more climate anxiety” among the younger generation.