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THE fourth expedition of the Blue Origin will be underway on March 31, 2022, with a new crew aboard the rocket.
The Blue Origin rocket is owned by former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who founded the company in 2000.
Blue Origin New Shepard is slated to launch on Thursday, March 31, 2022Credit: Blue Origin/MEGA
What time is the Blue Origin New Shepard launch?
The Blue Origin New Shepard launch will get underway on March 31, two days after its originally scheduled departure.
The company said high winds in Vanhorn, Texas caused the delay, but the launch is expected to go forward at its rescheduled time.
Five people will board the rocket that will take off at 9.30am ET, bringing them to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere, about 60 miles above the surface, before making its descent.
The journey will take approximately 10 minutes in total, allowing for only a few moments of weightlessness before gravity pulls the rocket back to Earth.
Who will be on the Blue Origin New Shepard space launch?
The Blue Origin New Shepard launch will play host to five individuals who will board the rocket on March 31.
Among them was supposed to be Pete Davidson, but he was forced to pull out due to scheduling conflicts when the launch had to be pushed back.
Gary Lai is the architect of the Blue Origin system and is now taking Davidson’s place on the mission.
Other companions who will board the rocket will include Marty Allen, a private investor, and the former chief executive of a party supply store and a closet design company.
Jim Kitchen, an entrepreneur and faculty member of the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, will be joining Marty Allen.
Star Trek actor William Shatner previously participated in a Blue Origin flightCredit: The MEGA Agency
George Nield, who will also be on this trip, is the president and founder of Commercial Space Technologies.
Additionally, Sharon Hagle and Marc Hagle will become the first married couple to go to space together when they board Blue Origin.
Sharon Hagle is the founder of SpaceKids Global, and her husband, Marc, is the chief executive of a residential and commercial property development firm.
How can I watch the Blue Origin New Shepard space launch?
For anyone who wants to watch the Blue Origin New Shepard space launch, they can tune in to Blue Origin’s webcast before the rocket takes off.
The live webcast is expected to begin at 8.15am ET on March 31 and can be viewed on Blue Origin’s website or Space.com.
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