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Shatner space trip confirmed for October 12th

By T.K. Randall
October 5, 2021 · Comment icon 56 comments

Boldly going where no 90-year-old has gone before. Image Credit: Twitter / William Shatner
Captain Kirk himself - William Shatner - has confirmed that he will be venturing to the edge of space next week.
The legendary Star Trek actor, whose on-screen character is certainly no stranger to the final frontier, will be venturing into the heavens aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft on October 12th.

While initial rumors of the trip had begun to surface last week, both Blue Origin and Shatner himself have now officially confirmed that the trip will be going ahead.

If everything goes to plan, Shatner - 90 - will be the oldest person ever to fly into space.

"I've heard about space for a long time now. I'm taking the opportunity to see it for myself," he said.
"What a miracle."

The October 12th flight - the second by Blue Origin to carry passengers - will see Shatner, along with three others - a former NASA engineer, a clinical research entrepreneur and a Blue Origin executive - lift off from Texas and achieve an altitude of over 100km.

Like the previous flight, which carried Jeff Bezos himself, the trip will last only around 10 minutes.

Rumors of Shatner venturing into space have been around for years. Back in 2011, he reportedly turned down a chance to fly aboard Virgin Galactic because he'd have to pay for it himself.

"[Richard Branson] wanted me to go up and pay for it and I said: 'Hey, you pay me and I'll go up. I'll risk my life for a large sum of money.' But he didn't pick me up on my offer," he said at the time.

Source: BBC News | Comments (56)

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Comment icon #47 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 3 years ago
You would have been aghast at the 60's. Bell bottom trousers with paisley inserts and hair was everywhere .
Comment icon #48 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 3 years ago
That was quite funny, but no I wouldn't have been aghast at the 60s. Great music, funky clothes, and all that peace love groovy stuff.
Comment icon #49 Posted by jethrofloyd 3 years ago
That was a great times! There is no way of filming the musical ‘Hair’ nowadays.        
Comment icon #50 Posted by Cookie Monster 3 years ago
He blubbered like a baby when he touched down going on about something to do with the blue sky and pure blackness.
Comment icon #51 Posted by Saru 3 years ago
Here's what happened when the capsule reached its highest point: Looks like Shatner was deeply moved by what he saw out of that window.
Comment icon #52 Posted by Manwon Lender 3 years ago
It almost looks like he is about to become sick, now that would be really funny to see the Captian of the Star Ship Enterprise blow chunks!
Comment icon #53 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 3 years ago
Oh okay, here's the original:
Comment icon #54 Posted by Hammerclaw 3 years ago
Comment icon #55 Posted by el midgetron 3 years ago
Comment icon #56 Posted by Hyperionxvii 3 years ago
Space? LOL. Low earth orbit. You're welcome.

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