The Life You Love: Reaching for the Stars

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The Life You Love: Reaching for the Stars

Have you ever looked up at the moon on a starry night and wondered what it would be like to be an astronaut for a day? Well thanks to advances in aerospace technology, a select few people no longer have to wonder. One of those lucky people is Laura Shepard Churchley, the daughter of Alan Shepard, the second American to travel into space, and the mother of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty’s own Lark Stewart.

In a recent interview Laura said, “I’m really excited to be going on a Blue Origin flight. I’m very proud of my father’s legacy. I believe he would say the same thing as my children: ‘Go for it, Laura.'”

Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of Mercury astronaut and moonwalker Alan Shepard, poses with ABC TV personality Michael Strahan ahead of their flight to space. Credit: Blue Origin

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 11th, Laura will board the New Shepard, a suborbital launch vehicle developed by Blue Origin, and launch into space. This vertical take-off and vertical landing rocket will shuttle its passengers past the Kárám Line – the internationally recognized boundary between outer space and Earth – for a life-changing 11-minute flight.

The launch of New Shepard’s third crewed flight will be broadcast Saturday (Dec. 11) with a likely start time of approximately 8:15 a.m. EDT (1215 GMT) at BlueOrigin.com and here at Space.com, if possible. Liftoff is expected at 9:45 a.m. EDT (1345 GMT) but could change depending on weather or technical matters.

Laura will be joined by five other crew members on her momentous journey into the final frontier, including celebrity TV personality and former professional athlete, Michael Strahan. The crew has been training new the launch site in Van Horn, Texas where they are learning how to prepare for their moment of weightless bliss.

The New Shepard suborbital vehicle. Credit: Blue Origin

Along with her father’s legacy, Laura will bring several items with her on her trip into space. Among these items are some pieces of jewelry for her family and some of her father’s possessions that have already spent time outside of this planet. These items will earn a special designation as having been in space – making these sentimental items even more extraordinary.

This opportunity is not only a once-in-a-lifetime experience for someone who is not an astronaut but gives Laura the chance to connect with her late father in a way that not many get to do. To experience first-hand a place that both she and her father are so passionate about is the ultimate example of living the life that you love – something that all of us at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty strive to do every day.

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