Michael Strahan to Become an Astronaut: Prop Bets Forthcoming

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Jagajeet Chiba
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“Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan is going to space next month and the oddsmakers are expected to begin taking bets on everything from Strahan's first words when he returns back to Earth to number of mentions on The Fox NFL Pregame Show airings prelaunch.   Strahan appears on that program each Sunday morning.  We might even expect an alien prop or two.

The former Giants player, who turned 50 on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on the Dec. 9 mission aboard the New Shepard, a spacecraft named after her father and the first American in space.

The Blue Origin flight, the company headed by Jeff Bezos, will also carry four paying customers and will be the third by the New Shepard craft this year to shuttle humans to space.

Blue Origin has not disclosed the ticket price for paying customers.

The 10-minute flight, five minutes less than Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury flight, will launch from West Texas carrying six people, two more than the previous two flights this year with humans aboard.

“I want to go to space,” Strahan told “GMA" when he reported from Bezos' first launch. “I think being there at the first launch, it really was mind-blowing.”

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Star Trek star William Shatner flew to space on separate New Shepard flights this year. Shatner became the oldest person in space, eclipsing the previous record — set by a passenger on Bezos’ flight in July — by eight years.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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