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SNL star Pete Davidson goes to space with a crew of five on the next Blue Origin flight

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Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson is actually going to space this month instead of pretending on live television. Space tourism company Blue Origin announced the newest crew to go to the edge of space with the company’s New Shepard rocket, and like rumorsDavidson is the latest celebrity guest to join the crew.

This will be the fourth time Blue Shepar has sent a crew of humans into space and back. The last flight, scheduled for March 23, will carry a group of six. On board Davidson will be angel investor and former Party America CEO Marty Allen, as well as husband-and-wife duo Marc and Sharon Hagle. Marc Hagle is the CEO of Tricor International, while Sharon Hagle founded the nonprofit SpaceKids Global, which partners with Blue Origin’s Club for the Future. Entrepreneur Jim Kitchen is also on the run, as is George Nield, the former associate administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation office.

Davidson is a “guest of honor” on this flight, while every other person on the crew is a paying customer, according to Blue Origin. He is now part of a growing list of celebrities that Blue Origin has invited on its flights in an effort to generate buzz for these missions. The company’s most recent celebrity guest was GMA host and former soccer star Michael Strahan, preceded by Star Trek actor William Shatner. On Blue Origin’s first manned mission, famed founder Jeff Bezos and legendary female aviator Wally Funk flew.

To get its passengers to space, Blue Origin launches crews in a capsule atop the company’s New Shepard rocket. The vehicle ignites its engine and transports the crew to an altitude of more than 60 miles above the Earth, where they experience weightlessness for a few minutes. The capsule eventually separates from the rocket and both pieces fall back to Earth. As the capsule lands under parachutes, the rocket uses its motor to land upright on a landing pad.

Pete Davidson got a taste of playing an astronaut on SNL in May 2021 when SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hosted the show. Davidson played his recurring bumbling character named Chad, who is going to Mars on a SpaceX mission?† Now Davidson flies with Musk’s biggest rival instead.

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