90-year-old Star Trek actor William Shatner will be blasted off to space today aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Orgin’s New Shephard spacecraft. Here is everything you need to know, including launch time
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company Blue Origin will launch its second-ever crewed mission to space today, Wednesday, October 13.
One of the passengers aboard the space company’s New Shephard spacecraft will be Star Trek actor William Shatner, who at 90 years old, will become the oldest person ever to travel to space.
Captain Kirk himself will experience several minutes of weightlessness, as well as an incredible view of Earth.
Speaking about the upcoming space launch, Shatner said: “I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”
The Canadian actor will be joined by Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations and crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries.
Blue Origin will blast off to space on Wednesday, October 13. Lift-off is scheduled for 9am Central Daylight Time CDT), which is 3pm British Summer Time (BST).
Blue Origin tweeted: “Forecasted winds at launch have subsided and weather currently looks good for Wednesday. Liftoff is now targeted for 9am CDT / 2pm UTC due to forecasted winds at rollout.”
Blue Origin was due to launch on Tuesday but said on Sunday it would push back its target launch to Wednesday.
The company said in a statement: “Due to forecasted winds on Tuesday, October 12, Blue Origin’s mission operations team has made the decision to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, October 13.
“As part of today’s flight readiness review, the mission operations team confirmed the vehicle has met all mission requirements and astronauts began their training today. Weather is the only gating factor for the launch window.”
The 11-minute flight will carry Shatner and his cremates above the 62-mile Kármán line, an internationally recognised boundary of space.
Luckily, you’ll be able to watch the Blue Origin launch online.
It will be streamed on the Blue Origin website, with coverage kicking off 90 minutes before launch, or directly via the company’s YouTube page.
Shatner will be part of a four-person crew aboard the suborbital NS-18 mission.
Also flying is Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations.
Ahead of the flight, she said: “I’m so proud and humbled to fly on behalf of Team Blue, and I’m excited to continue writing. Brinkwire presents summary news.