Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson is no longer scheduled to fly on Blue Origin’s spaceflight later this month, announced space tourism venture. No reason has been given for Davidson’s departure, only that the launch date has changed from the original March 23.
“Blue Origin’s 20th flight to New Shepard has moved to Tuesday, March 29. Pete Davidson can no longer join the NS-20 crew on this mission,” said Sara Blask, a Blue spokeswoman. Origin said in a statement.
Davidson was scheduled to be a “guest of honor” (an inclusion designed to build hype) along with five paying customers on Blue Origin’s fourth crewed flight. Past guests have included Star Trek actor William Shatner, GMA anchor and former soccer star Michael Strahan, female aviator Wally Funk, and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin said it will announce a new sixth crew member “in the coming days.”
Blue Origin’s 20th flight to New Shepard has moved to Tuesday, March 29. Pete Davidson can no longer join the NS-20 crew on this mission. We will be announcing the sixth crew member in the coming days.
– Blue Origin (@blueorigin) March 18, 2022
Blue Origin flights take crews more than 60 miles above the surface of the earth on the company’s New Shepard rocket. Participants experience a few minutes of weightlessness before parachuting back to earth, in a ride that lasts about 10 minutes. The rocket is designed to land vertically on a landing pad using its engines, while its crew capsule returns to the surface using a parachute.
Davidson previously played an astronaut on SNL, when his character Chad went to Mars on a SpaceX mission in a show hosted by Elon Musk. For now, it looks like Davidson’s space antics will continue to be tied to comedy skits.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/18/22984441/blue-origin-space-pete-davidson-new-shepard Pete Davidson really won’t go to space on the next Blue Origin flight