Updated Mar 18, 2022 - Technology

SNL's Pete Davidson no longer going to space with Blue Origin

Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson
Actor/comedian Pete Davidson arrives at "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Nov. 8, 2021. Photo: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

"Saturday Night Live" comedian Pete Davidson will no longer head to space on Blue Origin's next flight, the company announced late Thursday.

The latest: Blue Origin delayed the launch date six days to March 29 and said in a tweet that "Pete Davidson is no longer able to join the NS-20 crew on this mission."

  • The company had announced earlier this week that Davidson was scheduled to be on its March 23 mission, its fourth flight to space with human passengers.
  • The company said that it will soon announce a replacement crew member to join Marty Allen, husband and wife duo Sharon and Marc Hagle, Jim Kitchen and George Nield on the rocket.
  • Those who have flown to space with Blue Origin include Bezos himself; his brother Mark; actor William Shatner, and TV personality and journalist Michael Strahan.
  • Blue Origin has flown a total of 14 passengers to space since its first flight with human passengers in July 2021.

How it works: The New Shepard space system is designed to take passengers about 62 miles above the surface of the Earth.

  • The passengers experience a few minutes of weightlessness before the capsule descends back to Earth using parachutes.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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