Blue Origin passengers who are the first married couple to fly into space on a commercial rocket say they also plan to fly with SpaceX and Virgin Galactic

Blue Origin passengers Sharon and Mark Hagle float in zero gravity.Genesis Margolis

  • Two Blue Origin passengers are the first married couple to fly into space on a commercial rocket.

  • Sharon and Mark Hagle told Insider they also plan to fly with SpaceX and Virgin Galactic.

  • Sharon said she would take Richard Branson’s advice to stare out the window in zero gravity.

After swimming with humpback whales and rappelling through caves in New Zealand, Sharon and Mark Hagle take their adventures to the next level by soaring into space.

The Hagles, both 73, are two of six passengers on Blue Origin’s 20th voyage to the far reaches of space on March 29.

Jeff Bezos’ company will launch passengers into a capsule atop the New Shepard rocket, sending them 60 miles above the Earth’s surface where they will float in zero gravity for three minutes before the capsule’s parachutes descend on the ground.

In an exclusive interview with Insider, Sharon, CEO of nonprofit SpaceKids Global, and Mark, president and CEO of real estate development company Tricor International, said they were very excited about the experience.

“We hope we talk to each other when we get back to earth because…it’s going to be an experience that will test our mettle,” Mark joked.

However, Sharon and Mark aren’t ready to put their space travels to bed after the Blue Origin flight. “Hopefully we can do it four times,” Sharon said.

Sharon Hagle, Blue Origin passenger

Blue Origin passenger Sharon Hagle.Genesis Margolis

The pair have already signed up to Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and have conversations with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and tourism company Space Perspective.

“If someone else presents it, maybe we can do more than that,” Sharon said.

The couple, who have been married for 26 years, said they registered for Blue Origin plane tickets in May 2021, entered the auction and found out before Christmas that they had made it.

“We were under wraps. Do you know how difficult it is to have this information and not be able to tell anyone about it?” said Mark.

The Hagles, who live in Florida, said they would be heading to Blue Origin’s campsite in Texas a few days before the flight to practice, although they had already been in zero gravity.

When the capsule reaches the edge of space and the passengers detach themselves from their seats, Marc and Sharon said they wanted to focus on what was happening around them so they wouldn’t lose the moment.

Saba, Sharon and Mark Hagle's dog.

Saba, Sharon and Mark Hagle’s dog.Jessica Garcia

“I’m going to listen to the comments from my friend, Richard Branson, who said if he had to do it again he would just sit there and look out the window,” Sharon said.

The couple will also be accompanied by their dog, Saba, for part of the trip. Although he won’t be flying in space, Blue Origin has designed a spacesuit for him to wear around camping.

Spaceflight together is an “amazing” experience, according to the Hagles.

“I think you’re going, I’m going,” Sharon said. “Mark has always taken me out of my comfort zone.”

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