William Shatner, actor from the famous Star Trek TV series and films is set to launch for space. The 90 year old actor is making a 10 minute trip to space with Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin.
William Shatner is famous for his role of Captain Kirk on the original “Star Trek” TV series and movies will launch on a suborbital spaceflight aboard Blue Origin’s New Shephard spacecraft on 12th Oct 2021.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”– Shatner in a statement by Jeff Bezos’s space company
The science fiction television show aired for only three seasons starting in 1966. And was hugely influential in popular culture and spawned several movies and spin-off series.
It was notable for the utopian vision of its creator Gene Rodenberry, who envisaged a society where humanity had put aside its divisions and united with other peaceful space-faring civilizations.
Liftoff is at 9:30 a.m. EDT from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas with William Shatner and three others aboard. They will join Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, a co-founder of clinical research platform Medidata Solutions, on the sub-orbital flight.
When the 90-year-old actor launches next week, becoming the oldest person ever to fly in space. He’ll beat Wally Funk, who at 87 just set the latest record in July on Blue Origin’s First Human Flight. Wally was accompanied by Jeff Bezos on the mission.
Bezos, the world’s wealthiest man, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk. And paying customer Oliver Daemen flew into space on Blue Origin’s first crewed flight on July 20.
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