'This is heaven!': Watch Michael Strahan and crew float in space in this Blue Origin launch video

With tiny footballs, cheers and wide smiles, Blue Origin's biggest crew of space tourists yet clearly had a blast on their trip to space this weekend. 

Blue Origin launched the six space tourists — a team that included former NFL star and "Good Morning America" host Michael Strahan — on a New Shepard rocket from the company's Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas early Saturday (Dec. 11). Hours later, Blue Origin unveiled a 45-second video clip showing what the space experience was like for Strahan and his crewmates. 

Video recap: Watch Blue Origin launch Michael Strahan to space

The crew members of Blue Origin NS-19 hold mini-footballs in space on Dec. 11, 2021, in a screenshot of a brief cabin video.  (Image credit: Blue Origin)

The GMA host only appears briefly in the video, which offers a brief glimpse into the full 10 minute, 13 second flight. But his cheers and those of his fellow passengers are clear, as are comments from crew member Laura Shepard Churchley.

"Oh my goodness sakes, this is heaven!" exclaimed crew member Churchley, the daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard, in the video. (Blue Origin's spacecraft is named after Shepard, the first American in space.)

Despite watching her dad's space career closely, Churchley delighted in little surprises of weightlessness. "You just let go, and you go up! Holy moly," she continued.

Later in the video, with her back facing the camera and hair flying free, Churchley asks somebody else how her hair looks. Next she and other crew members are shown glued to the window: "Look at the black!" Churchley cries.

Crew member Cameron Bess also took a moment during the video to hold their hand to the camera. "Meowdy" read the text on their palm. (It's like "Howdy" from a cat. Bess is a Twitch streamer using the handle MeepsKitten.)

While we don't hear much from Strahan in the video, but he does shout a triumphant "We did it!" with this crew. The GMA host also had plenty to say after landing

"I can't wait to go back," he was heard to say to onlookers nearby where his spacecraft returned to Earth. He also joked about the forces of gravity pulling upon the crew during landing: "I know what I'm going to look like at 85," he said.

Blue Origin's New Shepard launch on Saturday marked the company's third human spaceflight, and the first to carry a full crew. The two previous flights this year carried four-person crews.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. Elizabeth's reporting includes an exclusive with Office of the Vice-President of the United States, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and (soon) a Bachelor of History from Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace