William Shatner to launch on Blue Origin’s New Shepard
Captain Kirk is headed to space.
William Shatner, the 90-year-old actor who starred as Captain Kirk on “Star Trek: The Original Series,” will launch on a suborbital spaceflight aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft on Oct. 12, 2021, the corporate introduced right this moment (Oct. 4).
Shatner, whose flight was hinted finally month by TMZ, is formally launching on Blue Origin‘s second crewed spaceflight. Liftoff is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) from the corporate’s Launch Site One in West Texas close to the city of Van Horn. He will turn out to be the oldest particular person ever to fly in space with the mission.
Joining Shatner on New Shepard can be: Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vp of missions and flight operations; Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Earth statement firm Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, vice chair for all times sciences and healthcare at French software program firm Dassault Systèmes. Shatner and Powers had been introduced as crewmembers right this moment, whereas Boshuizen and de Vries had been introduced on Sept. 27.
The upcoming flight comes lower than three months after Blue Origin’s First Human Flight mission, which launched Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen on a suborbital flight on July 20. That mission set 4 Guinness World Records for the oldest particular person to fly in space (Funk), the youngest particular person to fly in space (Daemen), the primary siblings to launch into space collectively and the primary paying passenger to launch into space (Daemen, whose father paid for the journey), according to a GWR statement on Friday (Oct. 1).
Shatner’s flight follows the fifty fifth anniversary of “Star Trek,” which debuted on TV on Sept. 8, 1966, and on the heels of the actor’s latest album “Bill,” an autobiographical assortment of spoken phrase items.
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We’ll be posting updates of Shatner’s launch into space, touchdown and post-flight celebrations right here all through the mission, so remember to test again for updates. In the meantime, this is a recap of Blue Origin’s First Human Flight mission.