October 24, 2021

Blue Origin: Star Trek Capt. Kirk’s William Shatner on cusp of blasting into space

VAN HORN, Texas — Actor William Shatner counted down Wednesday to his wildest position but: driving a rocket into space, courtesy of “Star Trek” fan Jeff Bezos.

Finest recognized for his position as Captain Kirk, the 90-year-old Shatner joined three different passengers for the deliberate launch from West Texas.

Bezos’ space journey firm, Blue Origin, invited Shatner on the transient jaunt to the fringes of the ultimate frontier, which can make him the oldest individual in space.

Will probably be Blue Origin’s second passenger flight, utilizing the identical capsule and rocket that Bezos used for his personal launch three months in the past. The journey ought to final simply 10 minutes, with the absolutely automated capsule reacing a most altitude of about 66 miles (106 kilometers) earlier than parachuting again into the desert.

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson kicked off the U.S.-based space tourism growth on July 11, driving his personal rocketship to space. Bezos adopted 9 days later aboard his personal capsule. Elon Musk stayed behind as his SpaceX firm launched its first personal flight final month, sending a billionaire, most cancers survivor and two ticket winners into orbit.

And final week, the Russians despatched an actor and movie director to the Worldwide Space Station for movie-making.

“We’re just at the beginning, but how miraculous that beginning is. How extraordinary it is to be part of that beginning,” Shatner mentioned in a Blue Origin video posted on the eve of his flight. “It looks like there’s a great deal of curiosity about this fictional character, Captain Kirk, going into space. So let’s go along with it and enjoy the ride.”

Rounding out the crew: a Blue Origin vice chairman and two entrepreneurs who bid unsuccessfully for a seat on the earlier flight with Bezos, the founder of Amazon. Blue Origin didn’t reveal their ticket costs.

Bezos was on the expansive launch and touchdown web site close to Van Horn, Texas, to see the 4 off.

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Dunn reported from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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