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Pete Davidson will blast into space for free on Jeff Bezos’ rocket

Add this to the list of things Pete Davidson gets to do that could cause other men from Staten Island to look up to the heavens, shake their fists, and ask where they went wrong in life.

Saturday Night Live cast member Davidson will be launched over 60 miles up in the sky to kiss the Karman line, where Earth’s atmosphere and outer space meet, counting himself among America’s newest civilian astronauts.

Davidson, who is in his eighth season on SNL, will blast off later this month on the fourth crewed flight for New Shepard, a reusable rocket system built by Jeff Bezos’ commercial space tourism company Blue Origin. The actor is a high-profile guest, not a paying customer.

Liftoff is targeted for 8:30 a.m. CT / 9:30 a.m. ET on March 23 from just outside Van Horn, Texas. No word yet on whether Kim Kardashian, who Davidson has dated following her split from Kanye West, will come along to West Texas to wish him a bon voyage.

Foreshadowing his foray into space, Davidson played the part of an astronaut in a sketch with host Elon Musk last May. Davidson’s idiot character, Chad, who says OK to just about everything, sacrifices his life to save a Mars colony in the “near future.”

Musk: I want the world to see the man who gave everything to ensure that humanity’s future will be among the stars.

Chad: OK.

The journey begins with a 60-foot autonomous rocket, which will send the six spacefarers on a ride three times the speed of sound. Though the trip will last a brief 11 minutes, the company says that’s long enough for the passengers to experience weightlessness and get an overview of the planet.

After the crew capsule separates from the booster, it will free fall back to Earth, slowing down with parachutes as it nears the ground. Just before touchdown, a thrust system will heave a cloud of air under the capsule to cushion it for a landing of 1 mph.

Pete Davidson will join the ranks of civilian astronauts on March 23, 2022.
Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin announced Monday the crew for the upcoming flight, which will include five customers: Marty Allen, former CEO of Party America; husband and wife Sharon and Marc Hagle, founder of SpaceKids Global and CEO of Tricor International, respectively; Jim Kitchen, a teacher and entrepreneur; and George Nield, president of Commercial Space Technologies.

A year ago, the company auctioned off the first ticket for New Shepard and donated the earnings to its foundation, Club for the Future, for space-focused charities. The winner of the seat paid $28 million, according to Blue Origin.

Since initiating its human spaceflights, Blue Origin has become known for its onboard celebrities. Most recently, the company sent Good Morning America host Michael Strahan up in December 2021. Prior to that, it flew the space captain of America’s heart, Star Trek star William Shatner, who became the oldest person to fly in space at the ripe age of 90 in October 2021.

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