VAN HORN, Texas - Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is set to launch its fourth human flight for the New Shepard program on Thursday, sending six passengers to the edge of space."Saturday Night Live" star Pete Davidson had initially been among the passengers slated to take flight.
But the comedian abruptly dropped out of the mission after it was rescheduled and Davidson was replaced by Gary Lai, one of the first 20 Blue Origin employees.The five other passengers, who are paying customers, were identified as Party America CEO Marty Allen, philanthropist and Tricor International CEO Marc Hagle and his wife, Sharon Hagle, who founded the nonprofit SpaceKids Global, teacher and entrepreneur Jim Kitchen and Commercial Space Technologies President Dr.
George Nield. The ticket price was not disclosed.After the initial delay, liftoff was scheduled for March 29 but it was again pushed back to Thursday morning from its launch complex near Van Horn, Texas.
Launch time was scheduled for 9:10 a.m. ET, and those interested in tuning into coverage can watch Blue Origin’s webcast. Passengers of the automated capsule soar to an altitude of 66 miles, feeling a few minutes of weightlessness before parachuting into the desert.