Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship is making the second manned tourist flight in the company’s history, with Star Trek actor William Shatner among the four crew members.
Shatner, 90, will be the oldest person to visit space, beating aviator Wally Funk, 82, who flew the previous manned mission launched by Jeff Bezos’ company in July.
The Canadian-born actor is best-known for his role as James T. Kirk, the captain of the fictional USS Enterprise in the original 1960s Star Trek series, which sealed his legacy among generations of space-obsessed fans. He has also had a successful music and media career. RT America is currently airing his show called ‘I Don’t Understand’.
The three other passengers are Blue Origin executive Audrey Powers, Australian space exploration enthusiast Chris Boshuizen and geek entrepreneur Glen de Vries.
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