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Captain Kirk turns down trip in to space

September 21, 2013 | Comment icon 28 comments



Shatner won't be boldly going in to space any time soon. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Jane Dickson
Star Trek actor William Shatner has turned down a trip in to space because he is scared of flying.
During his stint as the captain of the legendary Starship Enterprise, Shatner became a household name synonymous with voyaging through space and journeying in to the unknown - the perfect candidate, it would seem, to climb aboard Virgin Galactic's Spaceship Two for a flight to the final frontier.

When Richard Branson invited him however it became clear that there was a slight problem. "He actually said he's frightened of airline travel," said Branson. "Which is slightly disillusioning. Captain Kirk is scared of flying."
Several well known figures are believed to be lined up for a chance to travel in to space as part of Branson's flagship space tourism venture. In addition to Branson himself are as many as 625 bookings thought to include Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Beiber and Professor Stephen Hawking.

With each seat costing up to $250,000 however it may be some time before prices come down enough to make it possible for the average consumer to afford a seat.

Source: Yahoo! | Comments (28)



Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #19 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Why should an 82 year old ACTOR (he isn't actually Captain Kirk you know) do anything he doesn't want to? You do realise that this is all a publicity stunt for Virgin don't you? They are getting shed loads of free publicity not least because of those people that are too gullible to realise that the ACTOR William Shatner is being used. The ACTOR Willian Shatner owes nobody anything. He is not an explorer he is an ACTOR. If he doesn't want to go into space then that's his choice. As an ACTOR he should be allowed the same free will the rest of us have and should not have to put up with people ema... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by DBunker 8 years ago
Not even Buzz Aldrin would go (again) so Im not surprised Shattner said No.
Comment icon #21 Posted by DONTEATUS 8 years ago
Come On ! Shattner could do it ! ITs Not like its a full On Launch take off go up to alt,drop ,light the rubber motor and your just a few G-eez away from the View of space ! Not Like your really in Orbit ! My Grand mother would of done it in a Heart Beat ! I know Some people are just not wired to Fly on a wing& a Prayer ! I would do it Today !
Comment icon #22 Posted by rocketmentr 8 years ago
This 'rocket' is a nitrous bomb and will kill again,I wouldn't get in that thing even if you paid me $200,000.Branson's ego is much larger than his brain and it's going to be disastrous to the fledgling private space tourism industry.Nitrous Oxide IS an explosive and killed my friend Glenn May July 21,2007,Mojave CA. As an engineer I speak from fact not emotion.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Antilles 8 years ago
The Shatman has boldly gone more than any of us have. He's in his 80's! Cut him some slack. He may have health problems that make going into space a no go zone for him. Best captain the USS Enterprise ever had!
Comment icon #24 Posted by emberdawn 8 years ago
I wonder if asked if any of the other captains might go?
Comment icon #25 Posted by SkepticalB 8 years ago
Why should an 82 year old ACTOR (he isn't actually Captain Kirk you know) do anything he doesn't want to? You do realise that this is all a publicity stunt for Virgin don't you? They are getting shed loads of free publicity not least because of those people that are too gullible to realise that the ACTOR William Shatner is being used. The ACTOR Willian Shatner owes nobody anything. He is not an explorer he is an ACTOR. If he doesn't want to go into space then that's his choice. As an ACTOR he should be allowed the same free will the rest of us have and should not have to put up with people ema... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by DONTEATUS 8 years ago
Well afterall Sir Bransons Mom is going ! His Kid, who knows how many older wealthy peeps Will Hit the edge ? As far as Shatner He really should go If His health is not an Issue ? Now If Hes got a really bad ticker from all the women in his past,then He may just wanna do it to Go out with a Bang ! Remember to Boldly Go ! Its a trip of a Life time for the can Do`s ! We are all Explorer`s Come On Waspie would you Go If you had the spare change?
Comment icon #27 Posted by Uncle Sam 8 years ago
Respect his wishes, don't force him to do something he doesn't want too. If he doesn't want to do it, I understand, but it would be something I like to do though. Going to space always been one of my lifelong dreams.
Comment icon #28 Posted by keninsc 8 years ago
Hey, I hate flying in almost too. However, helicopters don't bother me at all, in fact I'm very relaxed in them. Probably because when I was in Nam and all seemed lost suddenly you'd hear the thump.....thump.....thump of those Hueys coming hot. Soon as you heard that sound you knew help was two minutes away and closing awfully fast. Charlie would cut and run as soon as they heard the sound too. I made a joke once to my CO that all we really needed to do was make a recording of those rotors and play them over the loud speakers. I can't repeat what he said to me.


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