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  • Iconic actor William Shatner is set to become the oldest person to travel to space on Wednesday when he blasts off from former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ space company’s launch site.
  • Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is scheduled to take off from Van Horn, Texas, around 10 a.m., carrying Shatner and three others.
  • Live coverage of Wednesday’s event will be available on Blue Origin’s website.

Iconic actor William Shatner is set to become the oldest person to travel to space on Wednesday when he blasts off from former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ space company’s launch site. 

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is scheduled to take off from Van Horn, Texas, around 10 a.m carrying Shatner and three others: Blue Origin executive Audrey Powers; Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer; and Glen de Vries, chief executive of Medidata Solutions. 

The flight was previously planned for Tuesday, but it was delayed due to strong winds. 

Jeff Bezos joined his brother, Mark Bezos, and aerospace pioneer Wally Funk on the Inaugural flight in July. At the time, Funk was the oldest person to fly to space, but Shatner is set to break the mark by three years.


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Shatner said on Monday that he anticipates the most difficult part of the 11-minute trip will be “getting in and out of the seat.”

“The only thing about age that has application to this particular vehicle is getting in and out of the seat with any kind of arthritis,” said the 90-year-old actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James Kirk on Star Trek. 

“So unless you’re really supple, getting in and out of the seats in weight, when we’re in gravity, is a chore. But of course it’s designed [for us] to float out of the seat, in weightlessness.”

Shatner will be the second actor to travel to space this month as Russia launched actor Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko to the International Space Station to film portions of the movie “Challenge,” earlier in October.

Live coverage of Wednesday’s event will be available on Blue Origin’s website


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Published on Oct 13, 2021