Jeff Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin announced that actor William Shatner would be blasting into space aboard the company’s New Shepard rocket during a scheduled October 12, 2021 launch.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” Shatner conveyed in press statement.
Shatner, Age 90, is best known as playing Captain James T. Kirk, from 1966-1969 in the original Star Trek series.
Shatner will join Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers, a former NASA engineer, and a software company co-founder on the 11 minute tourist trip to space.
At 90 years of age, Shatner will become the oldest person to have flown in space, beating the current record holder, Wally Funk, age 82, who launched on Blue Origin’s July 20, 2021 flight.
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