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Blue Origin is set to launch its next crewed mission, NS-20, featuring an all-civilian crew.

The launch, scheduled for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. ET, will mark the 20th spaceflight for the New Shepard missions. 

Jeff Bezos’ commercial space company has set many records throughout the New Shepard program, and it will do so again by sending the first husband-and-wife duo to space—Sharon and Marc Hagle.

The six-member crew that is scheduled to go to space Tuesday. [Courtesy: Blue Origin]

Marc Hagle serves as president and CEO of Tricor International, a residential and commercial property development corporation, which owns over 17.4 million square feet of property around the United States.

His wife, Sharon Hagle, is the founder of SpaceKids Global—a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring young girls to pursue STEAM+ education, reaching nearly 100,000 students globally.

Other crew members include Party America CEO Marty Allen, entrepreneur Jim Kitchen, and Commercial Space Technologies President George Nield.

Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson was originally set to ride onboard NS-20, but backed out for unspecified reasons. (Blue Origin has previously carried several celebrities into space, including Michael Strahand and William Shatner.) 

Blue Origin’s 20th flight of New Shepard has shifted to Tuesday, March 29. Pete Davidson is no longer able to join the NS-20 crew on this mission. We will announce the sixth crew member in the coming days.

— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) March 18, 2022

In place of Davidson, New Shepard chief architect Gary Lai will round out the six-person crew. Lai joined Blue Origin in 2004 as one of the company’s first 20 employees.

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Ahead of the launch, the company revealed the design for the NS-20 patch on Twitter.

The #NS20 mission patch features unique elements representing each of our astronauts. Check out some of the designs in this patch:

The star is placed over Kent, Washington, Blue Origin’s headquarters where Gary Lai has spent 18 years advancing space technology. pic.twitter.com/tGfkwCxBWD

— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) March 26, 2022

The crew will take their ride to space onboard the New Shepard rocket system, powered by the Blue Engine 3 (BE-3). The self-landing booster is capable of slowing down to 5 mph right before touchdown.

According to Blue Origin, 99 percent of New Shepard’s dry mass is reused. As for wet mass, the BE-3 is fueled by liquid oxygen and hydrogen, expelling water vapor during flight with no carbon emissions.

The crew capsule can seat up to six passengers and features the largest windows to have flown to space.
Live coverage of the launch on Blue Origin’s website will begin T-60 minutes to liftoff from Launch Site One in West Texas.

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