Blue Origin New Shepard NS-18 launch with William Shatner delayed because of weather

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Shatner recently said he was ‘terrified’ about the upcoming trip.

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Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin is delaying the launch of its New Shepard NS-18 by a day because of weather forecasts.

The flight, which will be boarded by “Star Trek” actor William Shatner, was originally scheduled to leave Earth on Tuesday.

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Blue Origin said it would delay the launch by a day due to predicted winds. The company said that the NS-18 will now take off from Launch Site One at 8:30 am on Wednesday. Press release.

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“As part of today’s flight readiness review, the mission operations team confirmed that the vehicle has met all mission requirements, and the astronauts began their training today,” the company said. “Weather is the only gating factor for the launch window.”

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Shatner, 90, told audience members during a New York Comic-Con panel on Thursday that he is “terrified” about the upcoming trip.

“I’m scared,” he confirmed. “I’m Captain Kirk, and I’m afraid to go into space. You know, I’m not really intimidated. Yes, I am. It comes and goes like a summer chill.”

“You have three minutes to look at the boils of space and the beauty of this oasis of earth, and I was planning to press my nose against the window, you know? And my only hope was that I could find someone else behind.” I won’t look back,” joked Shatner.

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Blue Origin confirmed last week that Shatner would become the oldest person to travel to space. He will be joined by Audrey Powers, Blue Origin Vice President of New Shepard Mission and Flight Operations.

Granthshala Business’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.


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