On December 11, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin successfully completed its third human space flight. This was Blue Origin's sixth flight in 2021 and the third crewed flight of the year.
The New Shepard rocket with six passengers onboard launched from the launch site in Van Horn, Texas. The entire flight from takeoff to landing lasted slightly more than 10 minutes.
This time, the mission crew included Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space; Michael Strahan, Good Morning America host; spaceflight industry investor Dylan Taylor; investor Evan Dick; Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess with son Cameron Bess.
The first New Shepard flight took place on July 20 with 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen as well as Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and his younger brother Mark onboard.
The second human flight took place on October 13. The space tourists crew included the 90-year-old Canadian actor William Shatner, best known for his role in the science fiction series Star Trek.