Terrified William Shatner to become oldest man in space tomorrow
William Shatner will become the oldest person to travel to space tomorrow when he travels to the stratosphere on Jeff Bezos' Blue Origins rocket.
The 90-year-old actor best-known for portraying Captain Kirk in Star Trek will boldly go where no man his age has gone before on Wednesday October 13, when he will travel to the cosmos on the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket with three other passengers.
"I've heard about space a long time now. I'm taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle," the actor said in a statement.
It will be the second Blue Origin flight, and will see Shatner travel to the boundary of space for around ten minutes. During a panel at last week's New York Comic Con, Shatner admitted he's nervous to fly.
"I'm terrified," Shatner said. "I know!… I'm Captain bloody Kirk and I'm terrified!"
The voyage was originally meant to launch yesterday, but due to bad weather, it has been postponed to around 1:30PM BST tomorrow. You will be able to watch the livestream of the launch here.
“Due to forecasted winds on Tuesday, Oct. 12, Blue Origin’s mission operations team has made the decision to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, Oct. 13,” the company said.
Shatner will be joined by Audrey Powers, the company's vice president of mission operations, as well as former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, and tech entrepreneur Glen de Vries.
Shatner portrayed Captain James T Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the original 1960s Star Trek series, a character that was more recently portrayed by Chris Pine in the J.J. Abrams reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise.
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The Blue Origin rocket had its first human launch in July, and took Jeff Bezos and his brother to near-orbit around 62 miles from the surface of the Earth.
The second trip marks a transition stage for Bezos' company towards space tourism. Blue Origin hopes to offer commercial trips to space to the general public in future.
Shatner's presence onboard the Blue Origin shuttle will definitely be a PR win for Bezos in the billionaire space race between himself, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson.
Recently, Elon Musk said he would be sending Bezos a silver medal and a second prize statue, after SpaceX took four civilians much further into space than Blue Origin for around four days, rather than just ten minutes.
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