“The first manned commercial spaceflight of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is all systems go, with the space company’s reusable launch vehicle New Shepard set for liftoff Tuesday morning. Specifically, Blue Origin hopes to ascend to the heavens on Tuesday, July 20, from Launch Site One in the West Texas desert.
“The live show, Space Launch LIVE: Blue Origin & Jeff Bezos Go To Space, will be anchored by The Washington Post’s Libby Casey and Discovery’s Chris Jacobs from The Post’s Washington, D.C. studios. It will feature on-the-ground analysis from The Washington Post’s space industry reporter Christian Davenport; commentary from astronaut Leland Melvin; input from Dr. Ellen Stofan, the Smithsonian’s Undersecretary for Science and Research and a team of experts from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
“ ‘We are delighted to be joining forces with The Washington Post to once again cover the next major chapter in space advancement,’ said Scott Lewers, Executive Vice President of Multiplatform Programming, Factual & Head of Content, Science. ‘With no on-site public viewing areas in the vicinity of the launch site, this broadcast continues Discovery and Science Channel’s mission to bring the world to our viewers.’
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” ‘The Washington Post has made a distinct investment in live coverage of major news events, drawing in tens of millions of viewers to its programs featuring the latest developments alongside real-time analysis and commentary from our top journalists,’ said Micah Gelman, director of editorial video at The Washington Post. ‘After the success of our joint coverage of SpaceX’s first crewed mission last summer, we are thrilled to be partnering with Discovery and Science Channels once again to bring this historic launch to the eyes of Americans nationwide as the appetite for space tourism intensifies.’ ” See the full article on Deadline
“The Shepard rocket and capsule will carry four passengers to space and then back to Earth within 11 minutes. It’s an automated system which means there will not be a pilot on board. The crew includes Jeff Bezos (the founder of Blue Origin), Mark Bezos (Jeff Bezos’ brother), Mary Wallace ‘Wally’ Funk (a pioneering aviator that trained as one of 13 women associated with the Mercury program), and Oliver Daemon (a college student). After this spaceflight, Funk will be known as the oldest person to have flown in space and Daemon as the youngest.” Read the full article on Discovery