- Star Trek actor William Shatner will go into space on Wednesday.
- The launch was scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed due to forecast of strong winds at its launch site.
- At the age of 90, Shatner will make history as the oldest person to fly in space.
Captain Kirk is starting His real-life Star Trek.
actor William Shatner, who is best known for his role in the original “Star Trek” The series and the first six films in the “Star Trek” movie franchise are set to fly on a New Shepard rocket from Blue Origin’s West Texas launch site.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time,” said Shatner. Press release on 4 October. “I’m taking this opportunity to see for myself. What a miracle.”
The launch was scheduled for Tuesday, but predicted strong winds delayed it by 24 hours. Here we know everything about the much awaited mission called NS-18.
Who is William Shatner?
The 90-year-old actor is best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the “Star Trek” franchise and has been acting for six decades. His other notable credits include “TJ Hooker,” “Rescue 911” and “The Practice.” In addition to acting, Shatner is also the host of “The Unexplained” on The History Channel, which explores world mysteries, including aliens.
Shatner will make history as the oldest person to fly in space, surpassing 82-year-old Funk, who flew with Bezos on a Blue Origin flight in July. He is a skilled pilot with over 18,600 flight hours.
While Shatner has expressed enthusiasm for the launch, he admitted that he is also nervous about going into space.
“I am frightened!” He said during New York Comic Con on Thursday, Space.com. “I know! … I’m Captain Killer Kirk and I’m scared!”
Who is joining Captain Kirk in space?
Along with Shatner, spaceflight passengers on Blue Origin’s second human spaceflight include Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations Audrey Powers, Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer and tech entrepreneur, and founder of clinical trial software company Glen de Vries.
“I am very proud and humbled to fly on behalf of Team Blue, and I am excited to continue writing the history of Blue’s human spaceflight,” Powers said in a Blue Origin news release.
In a video on Twitter, de Vries also shared his excitement about the launch.
“Space technology is going to be a way to help us keep growing on Earth by reaching beyond Earth,” he said.
When is the launch and how to watch
On Sunday, Blue Origin said it would suspend a flight that was set to take Shatner into space because of forecasts of high winds at its launch site. The flight of the company’s New Shepard spacecraft is now scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a day later than originally planned.
a Statement on Blue Origin’s website He said the New Shepard NS-18 has met all the mission requirements and the astronauts have already started their training. “The weather is the only gating factor for the launch window,” according to the statement, signed with the company’s motto “Gradatim Ferrociter” (Latin for “Step by Step, Brutality”).
What is Blue Origin?
Blue Origin was founded in 2000 by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The company’s only manned space flight to date launched on July 20, when it flew Bezos, Bezos’s brother Mark, a Mercury 13 aviator. Wally Funk and 18-year-old student Oliver Damen (son of a hedge fund manager) in suborbital space.
Within minutes, the group reached space from the West Texas desert and returned to Earth in a smooth parachute landing.
“Best day ever,” Jeff Bezos said after the touchdown, congratulating Blue Origin employees and others for cheering on the company’s campus.
It was the 16th flight for the New Shepard, a 60-foot rocket designed primarily for space tourism but was the first to include people. Bezos said Blue Origin is planning two more flights this year, and sales of private seats on their flights are approaching $100 million.
Contributions: Rob Landers, Florida Today; Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press, Martha Pskowski, The El Paso Times and John Bacon and Emre Kelly, USA Today