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Daughter of first US astronaut visits space on commercial flight

Laura Shepard Churchley – the 74-year-old daughter of first American astronaut Alan Shepard – was sent to space along with 5 other people, on a commercial space flight by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company.

For a brief moment during the sub-orbital flight, the passengers were able to experience zero gravity.

The flight, which lasted a bit more than 10 minutes, blasted off from Blue Origin’s launch facility near Van Horn and followed a similar path as the company’s previous rockets.

It reached an altitude of around 62 miles before landing in the Texas desert where Bezos greeted the tourists.

It was the third such flight launched in the ongoing year by the company which plans to capture the space tourism industry.

Laura’s father was the first American to enter space after his Mercury flight took off from Florida on May 5, 1961.