William Shatner says he’s ‘terrified’ of upcoming Blue Origin space trip

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The ‘Star Trek’ actor travels in Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin New Shepard NS-18 on October 12

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William Shatner is mentally preparing for his upcoming space trip with Blue Origin.

The “Star Trek” actor, 90, is traveling in Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin New Shepard NS-18 on October 12 and told audience members during a New York Comic Con panel on Thursday he was horrified.

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“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 beaming UP William Shatner for October suborbital spaceflight

The Emmy winner said she was approached about space travel a year ago. Bezos’s aerospace company Blue Origin was reportedly hired by Captain James T. Kirk liked the idea of ​​sending him on a suborbital flight.

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

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

William Shatner, Blue Origin’s Audrey Powers round out the crew for next spaceflight

round the crew Dr. Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs, and Glenn de Vries, co-founder of Medidata and Dassault Systems’ vice president of life sciences and health care.

Blue Origin made the October trip after completing its first successful crewed suborbital spaceflight in July, flying 66.5 miles above Earth. Bezos was included in the flight by his brother Markhandjob 82-year-old aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, And Oliver Damon, 18, who a. took the place of Mystery auction winner who paid $28 million for a seat.

Liftoff is currently scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Eastern time from Launch Site One in west Texas for an approximately 11-minute flight on October 12.

In addition to playing Captain Kirk on television, Shatner starred in seven “Star Trek” films, one of which he directed. He also currently serves as the host and executive producer of the History Channel’s “The Unexplained”., ” A one-hour, non-fiction series that explores the world’s most fascinating, strange and unspeakable mysteries.

Granthshala Business’ Lucas Manfredi contributed to this report.


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