‘What a wonder,’ says William Shatner, 90, of Star Trek fame, of being the oldest person to explore space.
William Shatner, a STAR TREK great, has spoken out ahead of his launch into space with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Crew next week.
William Shatner, a 90-year-old actor, will bravely venture where few others have gone before. Shatner, who is most known for his portrayal as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, will be the oldest person ever to go into space as a result of this.
After decades of portraying a spacecraft captain, Shatner seemed ecstatic by the possibility of space flight.
He stated, ” “For a long time, I’ve been hearing about space.
“I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to witness it firsthand. What a miracle it was.” The launch is scheduled for October 12, with a live webcast of the NS-18 mission beginning at 8 a.m. ET (1 p.m. BST) that day.
Shatner also announced the news on Twitter: “At this point, I’m free to say something.”
“Yes, I’m going to be a ‘rocket man!’” says the narrator.
The journey of the grandfather-of-five will be the second human spaceflight for Blue Origin’s New Shepard tourist and research rocket.
The actor’s participation was disclosed in a statement made by Blue Origin earlier today, which also named the company’s Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations Audrey Powers as another crew member who will ride on board New Shepard NS-18.
Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, co-founder of Medidata Solutions, are among the other astronauts on board.
Shatner’s achievement will surpass that of 82-year-old aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, who was one of four crew members on Blue Origin’s initial flight.
Back in July, the rocket successfully launched Blue Origin’s founder, Jeff Bezos, into space.
During his journey, the millionaire and Amazon founder reached an altitude of 66.5 miles and even played ping pong with a few ping pong balls while floating in zero gravity for a few minutes.
The overall journey time is surprisingly brief, lasting only 10 minutes from takeoff to landing, ensuring that the elderly actor does not spend too much time in space.
The rocket is planned to launch a capsule past the United States’ space barrier, where the crew may have a fun floating around at 80 kilometers altitude for a few minutes before landing safely on Earth with parachutes to cushion the landing.
“Brinkwire Summary News”. These Blue Origin space flights could herald in a brand new era.