Michael Strahan will go to space aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin
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Bezos’ Blue Origin flight will also carry four paying customers and will be the third New Shepard ship this year to take humans into space.
Blue Origin has not disclosed the ticket price for paying customers.
The flight will last 10 minutes – five less than Shepard's Mercury flight in 1961 – after launching from Texas. It will also carry six people, which is two more than the previous two flights earlier this year which carried humans aboard.
Strahan's flight will likely include approximately three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the spherical shape of the Earth. Passengers are also subjected to almost 6Gs of force – six times the force of gravity – as the shuttle descends.
While in his role as co-host of Good Morning America on Tuesday, Strahan made the announcement.
"I want to go to space," Strahan told GMA. "I think being there at the first launch, it really was mind-blowing."
Super Bowl champion Michael Strahan will go to space next month
Strahan featured for the New York Giants between 1993 and 2007, and enjoyed a very fruitful career within the NFL.
The 50-year-old holds the NFL's recognised single season record for quarterback sacks in a campaign, on top of his triumph in the Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2007.
Strahan has since become a media personality, having appeared as a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday before taking up his role in ABC's Good Morning America.