Pete Davidson has joined five other astronauts who will embark on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin 20th space mission next week, marking the fourth human flight for the New Shepard program, according to People.
As part of the mission, The Saturday Night Live comedian, 28, and his fellow passengers will each carry a postcard for Blue Origin’s foundation Club for the Future and their Postcards to Space program, which gives students access to space on Blue Origin’s rockets. The organization’s mission is to inspire future generations to pursue STEM for the benefit of the Earth.
The NS-20 flight launches Wednesday, March 23 at 8:30 a.m. local time from Launch Site One in West Texas. Davidson, who has apparently always wanted to go to space and is excited to fly, was in conversations for the mission earlier this month, a source told People. He’ll be the latest celebrity to make the 11-minute voyage, after William Shatner and Michael Strahan embarked on their own missions with Blue Origin last year.
The King of Staten Island actor and his girlfriend Kim Kardashian previously were among the guests at a January dinner party hosted by Bezos at his Los Angeles home with his partner Lauren Sánchez.