William Shatner, the iconic Captain James T. Kirk, of Star Trek fame is about to travel to outer space for real at age 90. He will be making the next trip taken by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The announcement was made on Monday and will also include Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, as well as crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries. The flight date is set for October 12th.
Blue Origin announced in a press release:
“William Shatner’s career as an actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman has spanned 60 years. He originated the role of ‘Captain James T. Kirk’ in 1966 for the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed. He has long wanted to travel to space and will become the oldest person to have flown to space.”
“Shatner is currently the host and executive producer of The UnXplained on The History Channel. From the producers of Ancient Aliens and The Curse of Oak Island, the one-hour, non-fiction series explores the world’s most fascinating, strange and inexplicable mysteries.”
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”
“So now I can say something. Yes, it’s true; I’m going to be a ‘rocket man!’”
Remember Bill, there is no gravity in space, so you must be on the lookout for Klingons when using the bathroom.
So now I can say something. Yes, it’s true; I’m going to be a “rocket man!” 😝🤣 https://t.co/B2jFeXrr6L
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) October 4, 2021
“I was part of the amazing effort we assembled for New Shepard’s Human Flight Certification Review, a years-long initiative completed in July 2021. As an engineer and lawyer with more than two decades of experience in the aerospace industry, I have great confidence in our New Shepard team and the vehicle we’ve developed,” she added.
In July, Bezos flew into space “on his company’s first flight with passengers aboard, becoming the second billionaire to use his own spacecraft to become an astronaut.”
As The Daily Wire reported at the time, “The 10:10 flight went off without a hitch, blasting off right on schedule, soaring to an apogee of 351,210 feet (66.51 miles), then plunging back to Earth.”