Blue Origin to send William Shatner into space

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William Shatner – the actor who played the role of Captain Kirk in the Star Trek series is all set to go on a real-life journey into space.

Blue Origin is a space travel company owned by US tech billionaire Jeff Bezos. And it is confirmed that the actor would be blasting off from Texas through this agency on 12 October.

Being 90 years old, William Shatner will be the oldest person to have travelled into space.

“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” Shatner said in a statement.

Three other people would accompany the actor and aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket for the company’s second human spaceflight.

The initial trip to space was joined by the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in July. He was accompanied by his brother, an 82-year-old pioneer of the space race and an 18-year-old student.

Just like the previous flight, this October journey is expected to last about 10 minutes. 

The crew will be taken just beyond the Karman Line – the most widely recognised boundary of space that lies 100km (60 miles) above the Earth.

Furthermore, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers, would also be a part of the flight, followed by a former Nasa engineer and the co-founder of a software company specialising in clinical research.

The Canadian actor William Shatner played the role of famous Captain James T Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series in the 1960s and later appeared in films of the franchise.

According to 2013 reports the actor turned down Sir Richard Branson’s offer to fly him into space with Virgin Galactic.

Sir Richard told that at that time it was because Shatner has a fear of flying. And then in 2011, he had turned down the offer because the billionaire wanted him to pay for the journey.

“He wanted me to go up and pay for it and I said: ‘Hey, you pay me and I’ll go up. I’ll risk my life for a large sum of money.’ But he didn’t pick me up on my offer,” Shatner told reporters.

 

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