The NS-22 crew poses inside the crew capsule mock-up in the Astronaut Training Center.
News | Aug 4, 2022

Blue Origin Successfully Completes 22nd Mission to Space

Today, Blue Origin successfully completed its sixth human spaceflight and the 22nd flight for the New Shepard program. The astronaut crew included: Coby Cotton, Mário Ferreira, Vanessa O’Brien, Clint Kelly III, Sara Sabry, and Steve Young.  

The NS-22 crew poses for their official portrait wearing blue flight suits.

The NS-22 crew. Left to right: Sara Sabry, Steve Young, Coby Cotton, Vanessa O'Brien, Clint Kelly III, and Mário Ferreira.  

The crew achieved three historic firsts: 

  • Sara Sabry became the first person from Egypt to fly to space. 

  • Vanessa O’Brien became the first woman to reach extremes on land (Mt. Everest), sea (Challenger Deep), and air (pass the Kármán line), completing the Explorers’ Extreme Trifecta, a Guinness World Record.  

  • Mário Ferreira became the first person from Portugal to fly to space. 

“It’s an honor for our team to provide our customers with a life-changing shift in perspective of our fragile planet,” said Phil Joyce, Senior Vice President, New Shepard. “It's been just over a year since New Shepard’s first human flight, and we have now flown 31 humans above the Kármán line. Thank you to these early pioneers in helping us realize our vision of millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth.” 

If you’re interested in flying on New Shepard as an astronaut or flying a payload on a future mission, visit You can also purchase commemorative merchandise from today’s mission at the Blue Origin Shop.

In case you missed it, view a full replay of today’s flight below. 

NS-22 is Go for Launch 

August 3, 2022

After completion of the Launch Readiness Evaluation this morning, the New Shepard Operations and Maintenance team has given the “Go” to proceed to launch tomorrow, August 4. 

The NS-22 launch window opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT / 13:30 UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas with live coverage beginning on at T-30 minutes to liftoff. Follow Blue Origin on Twitter to stay up to date on all mission details.