‘GMA’ Host Michael Strahan Highlights Naval Tradition Ahead of Blue Origin Flight

by Taylor Cunningham

After a few unexpected weather delays, GMA host Michael Strahan is finally scheduled to take his Blue Origin flight tomorrow (December 10th).

“Wow… I can’t believe tomorrow I am going to SPACE!!!” he wrote on Instagram.

Around 10 am, former NFL great Michael Strahan will have the rare experience of seeing earth from 62 miles high. The on-air personality will be riding aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket as it takes its third trip to the cosmos.

Ahead of his adventure, Strahan is documenting his last hours of being Earthside. And in a social media post, he explained the significance of the green bridge that connects astronauts to their spacecraft at Blue Origin’s launch site.

“We walk across this bridge to get to the #NewShepard capsule!” he wrote alongside a picture of the metal structure.

The bridge dons the words “Light this Candle.” The phrase was spoken by the first American to go into space, Alan Shepard.

According to Strahan, the astronaut said those words just as Houston was initiating liftoff on May 5th, 1961.

Blue Origin’s craft— New Shepard— was actually named after the space traveler. And for this launch, Shepard’s daughter, Laura Shepard Churchley, will be hitching a ride as well.

“Pretty SURREAL!” Strahan added.

The picture also showcases a small silver bell, which Strahan says “comes from a naval tradition of ringing a bell to announce the arrival or departure.”

And as Michael Strahan added, you can watch the event live on ABC News starting at 9:30 ET.

‘GMA’ Anchor Michael Strahan Will Carry a Football into Space

Before Michael Strahan was a GMA host, he was a defensive end for the New York Giants. So Jeff Bezos thought it would be fitting for the NFL great to carry a pigskin when he blasts into the cosmos tomorrow.

On Thursday, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos handed Michael Strahan a football during an appearance on The NFL on Fox. The football will ride along for the New Shepard’s third trip to space tomorrow. And once it comes back down to Earth, it will find a new home at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Blue Origin made its debut launch this past July, and Bezos went along for the ride. And as he told Strahan during the interview, he’s in for a life-changing experience.

“It’s the most profound, meaningful experience,” Bezos said. “… You’re going to see the Earth. You’re going to see how vulnerable it is, how fragile it is. (You’ll) see the blackness of space, you’re going to see this gem — how all of life is supported on this one little rock. That’s what you’re going to see. It’s going to change you. Everyone who’s been there, it’s changed them. I don’t know what it’s going to do to you. But I can’t wait to talk to you afterward to find out.”