News | May 19, 2024

Blue Origin Completes 25th Mission to Space with Six Crew Onboard

Today, Blue Origin successfully completed its seventh human spaceflight and the 25th flight for the New Shepard program. Our astronaut crew included: Mason Angel, Sylvain Chiron, Kenneth L. Hess, Carol Schaller, Gopi Thotakura, and former Air Force Captain Ed Dwight, who was selected by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 as the nation’s first Black astronaut candidate but never had the opportunity to fly.  

New Shepard has now flown 37 people into space, including today’s crew. 

The NS-25 Crew. Pictured from left to right: Gopi Thotakura, Mason Angel, Carol Schaller, Ed Dwight, Ken Hess, and Sylvain Chiron.

“A big thank you to our astronaut customers for the opportunity to provide this life-changing experience,” said Phil Joyce, Senior Vice President, New Shepard. “Each of you are pioneers helping to advance our mission to build a road to 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-25 is “Go” for Launch

May 18, 2024

We're "Go" to proceed to launch tomorrow, Sunday, May 19. The NS-25 launch window opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT / 13:30 UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas. Live coverage begins on at T-40 minutes.

Learn more about the NS-25 crew.