Blue Origin is girding up for another space flight. And this time, it would be carrying Star Trek’s Captain Kirk William Shatner into space, the Jeff Bezos-owned space company announced in a blogpost. Accompanying a 90-year old Shatner would be Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations, Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries, on a Shepard NS-18 rocket on October 12.
Shatner has played the role of Captain James T Kirk in seven of the Star Trek films, beginning in 1967 with the television series Star Trek. This would be the first time he is going into space and with the mission, would also become the oldest person to have travelled to space.The current record for being the oldest person to go to space is held by none other than Wally Funk, who took a space trip with Jeff Bezos in Blue Origin’s first ever flight to take four people into space, which also included Oliver Daemen, the youngest person ever to go to space.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” the blog post quotes William Shatner.
Audrey Powers, the Blue Origin executive, oversees all New Shepard flight operations, vehicle maintenance, and launch, landing, and ground support infrastructure. She joined Blue Origin in 2013.
The NS-18 would also be carrying thousands of postcards from Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future.
“Live launch coverage begins on BlueOrigin.com at T-90 minutes. Liftoff is currently targeted for 8:30 am CDT / 13:30 UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas.” says the blog about the launch schedule of the space flight.