In addition to Strahan and Churchley, the crew featured four others, including investors Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, Lane Bess and his son Cameron.

Michael Strahan flew to space on board Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocketship.

Minutes before lift-off, scheduled at 9:45 EST, the space tourists heard messages from previous New Origin astronauts

The crew could be heard laughing and shouting as the capsule rocketed to space.