Actor William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek films, prepares for his first flight into space on Wednesday (13/10). He will be the oldest person to ever fly into space where the actor is currently 90 years old.
The 10-minute journey will be Shatner on the second passenger flight of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space travel company. The journey will be more like the first space launch of the 1960s than the fictional galaxy journey of Starship Enterprise in the “Star Trek” film series.
“It’s time for Captain Kirk to actually physically go into space. I’m so excited,” said Becky Brewster, mayor of Van Horn, a small town of about 1,800 people. The town was once a ranch in the remote desert of Texas, but that has changed with the nearby Blue Origin spaceport facility.
Captain Kirk is a character played by Shatner in the Star Trek films.
Bezos took part in the inaugural flight of the Blue Origin capsule last July. He was a huge “Star Trek” fan, and invited Shatner to come on the flight as a guest. Shatner will launch with three others, two of whom pay for the space tour, which is developing.
The fully automated flight was delayed by a day due to weather. The capsule will take them to an altitude of about 106 kilometers, before returning to the desert, not far from where they launched. (ka/rs)