Michael Strahan and crewmembers talk final preparations ahead of space launch

The “GMA” co-host, along with Laura Shepard Churchley, Lane Bess, Cameron Bess, Evan Dick and Dylan Taylor, discuss their thoughts ahead of Thursday’s launch on the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.
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- Yeah, we need to get to Texas. It's T-minus a day now. Strahan's going to space. Yes, we're going to talk to him and the entire crew-- Laura, Lane, Cameron, Evan, Dylan. There they all are. We'll check in with them in just a moment. But first, let's check in with our transportation correspondent Gio Benitez, who by tomorrow I'm guessing we might be calling you stowaway. I know you want to get on that craft. - I'll find my way on, TJ. I'll find my way on. Good morning to you. Listen, we are getting closer and closer to that launch. Michael and the crew have just one day left of training before liftoff. It has been a wild ride so far. Take a look. Day two of training for Michael began with a run through of launch morning at the tower 80 feet above the desert, seven flights of stairs, and inside the safety shelter. - Good morning, astronauts. Welcome to your emergency safety shelter. GIO BENITEZ: Properly named, since it's the most secure place on the tower. - This is the place you're going to go if anything goes wrong on the tower before we launch. You're never going to go downstairs. So the only places you go is either in the capsule or in this room. GIO BENITEZ: Safety of the Blue Origin astronauts is exceedingly important, so they have equipped the shelter with emergency air supply, direct radio access to mission control, and safety ratings to withstand explosions. - The entire booster can explode and you'll be in here and be safe. GIO BENITEZ: And outside the shelter, Michael and his crewmates practice crossing the gantry, or bridge to the tower where they will load into the capsule, on the way, a Blue Origin tradition, ringing that bell. At the crew access tower, a quick explainer. - When we get to go in the capsule. You're going to go left, around the end, into your seat, and then immediately start buckling in. GIO BENITEZ: Michael taking it all in. - The beautiful view up here between the mountains-- the closer we get, the more these things that we do, where we're on the launch tower and walking across the bridge, ringing the bell, the more you know that this is the reality. So very excited. GIO BENITEZ: Back at the Astronaut Training Center, the day ended working inside the test capsule. With three to four minutes in space at zero gravity, the Blue Origin astronauts need to be masters at the technique of rolling into and out of their seats. - The biggest limitation of training to go to space on Earth is we can't simulate zero gravity. However, the technique that we have for getting back in the seat, you can execute it in 1G and do all of the motions. By the time they get into the 0G environment, they know their steps cold and they just execute it. You ready to try this, Michael? - Yep. KEVIN SPROGE: All right, here you go. You're clear to egress. There you go. You loosen up, feet out, pop the harness, and then float out. - Oh, I've been doing somersaults, everybody. Get over there. - That's right, do those somersaults. This morning, as always, Mission Control is watching the weather. Forecasters are expecting high winds tomorrow afternoon. But right now, the morning is looking pretty good. So so far, we are a go for launch, guys. - All right, OK, Gio. Thank you. Now we're joined by Michael and his fellow crew members, Laura Shepard Churchley, Lane Bess, Cameron Bess, Evan Dick, and Dylan Taylor. Welcome to all of you. Great to see you guys. So, Michael, I have to ask, how is your pre-flight routine different from your pre-game routine? - Oh, you know, I actually, I probably sleep a little bit better for the pre-flight routine, George, because it was different in sports, in football. But you see we're in the Training Center right now. I'm here with my fellow astronauts. And we have been training so much, going through all the different protocols, all the different safety features, that you feel very confident. And we all feel very confident. And we can perform any function that we may need if called upon, and just all the different things, getting in and out of the seat, all these things that I never knew you needed to know. You just think you kind of get in, strap up, go up, come down, but there's so much that you learn here. And it's just been fantastic. It puts you at ease. And I know we're all excited. And we've bonded as a team here in Van Horn, Texas. - Ah, that bond, I love it. Laura, let me ask you, of course, we know Alan Shepard, your beloved father, his forever place in history. Laura, what do you think he would be saying to you right before liftoff? - Well, he'd probably tell me that it was going to be a beautiful view and that I needed to look at the view as opposed to just doing somersaults in the weightlessness. TJ HOLMES: Laura, you have had-- - But he would say, he would say, he would say to go for it, Laura. TJ HOLMES: Laura, you have had the best answers. LAURA SHEPARD CHURCHLEY: There he is. TJ HOLMES: We've really enjoyed talking to you. ROBIN ROBERTS: Yeah, aw. - You've had great, great-- - There, that's my daddy. - Now, we're talking about your dad there. Oh, just seeing your reaction is precious. But we have there with us, too, Cameron and Lane. This is the first parent-child duo that's going to be going to space. Now, how special of an experience is this for you all to be able to do it together? - Well, I'm very proud to be able to do this with my son. It was a boyhood dream of mine. Cameron and I used to shoot model rockets when he was young. And to be able to do this real and do it together, you can't ask for more, to be able to be a father and child opportunity to go to space. - I'm just happy he brought me along. It's a great opportunity. GEORGE STEPHANOPOLUS: I'll bet you are. So Dylan, what was it like to put on the space suit for the first time? - Ooh, boy, this is a lifelong dream for me, George. So to actually go through the training and actually have a flight suit with my name on it and the mission patch, which I think you all have seen, which is brilliant, it's a dream come true. It really is. GEORGE STEPHANOPOLUS: It's so great to see you guys all in those uniforms. It looks like a Marvel movie. - We're ready. Hollywood, call us up. We've got a crew right here ready to go. GEORGE STEPHANOPOLUS: Well, we cannot wait, Michael. We are watching you. We are here for of. T minus one day to go. Thank you all. And we're going to have live coverage of the launch tomorrow-- - Thank you. GEORGE STEPHANOPOLUS: --morning starting at 9:30 Eastern.

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