William Shatner to become the oldest person to go to space at 90 years old; scheduled to fly aboard Blue Origin’s NS-18
Trek actor William Shatner will soon join the Guinness World Records to become the oldest person to make the journey to space at 90 years old. William Shatner—aka Captain Kirk—is now about to go on a trip to the final frontier.
Shatner is scheduled to fly aboard Blue Origin’s NS-18, which was originally scheduled to fly on Tuesday, but Blue Origin decided on Sunday to delay the launch due to forecasted high winds. Blue Origin is now scheduled to launch its rocket New Shepard on Wednesday with an all-civilian crew including Star Trek actor William Shatner. Responding to a tweet from NASA, Tesla CEO Elon Musk wished Shatner safe travel saying, “Godspeed Captain.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 13, 2021
The flight will be the second human mission for Blue Origin. In July, Jeff Bezos, the world’s most wealthy person, rocketed into space on the first crewed flight of the New Shepard spacecraft built by his company Blue Origin. The highly-anticipated flight includes Bezos his brother Mark Bezos, the 82-year-old pioneer of the space race Wally Funk and 18-year-old student Oliver Daemen of the Netherlands.
Bezos and the three crewmates returned safely to Earth, a historic suborbital flight that helps to inaugurate a new era of private commercial space tourism. The launch took place from Bezos’ private launch site near Van Horn, Texas, and the flight lasted about 10 minutes.
Bezos reflected on realizing his long-awaited dream of flying in space. After touchdown, he said: “Best day ever!”
You can watch the live video of the mission here.