The planets have aligned for 90-year-old William Shatner. According to TMZ, the Star Trek star is about to jump on a rocket ship and head out to the final frontier.
That’s right Outsiders, Captain Kirk is taking the most appropriate trip possible. He’s going into space. Next month, Shatner will board the New Shepard and take a 15 min cruise through our solar system. And once he crosses through Earth’s atmosphere, he’ll be breaking a record. William Shatner will officially be the oldest person to ever visit space. The launch will be the second for Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin crew.
For those of you who don’t know, Blue Origin is a space program that allows civilians to have out-of-this-world experiences by flying into the cosmos. Bezos’s long-term goal is to create jobs and move industries into space. But for now, his capsule is only taking people for quick trips. So, it’s possible for anyone to float among the stars. But the ticket prices are, dare we say, astronomical. The final seat for the first human flight sold for $20 million.
TMZ’s sources say that William Shatner’s adventure will be part of an upcoming documentary. However, the concept is still in the works. The actor and his team had hoped to work with Discovery for the film, but that partnership didn’t pan out.
William Shatner’s Blue Origin Flight Will be The Crew’s Second Trip Here’s what Happened on the First
The New Shepard’s maiden voyage was on July 20th, 2021. Jeff Bezos was among the first humans to take the trip. And he did it while wearing a cowboy hat because why not. The space cowboy was joined by his brother Mark, a billionaire teenager named Oliver Daemen, and a NASA trainee.
The launch was initially scheduled for 9:00 ET but shot off at 09:12 ET. The spacecraft reached outer space four minutes after launch later at 09:16 ET. The travelers reached an altitude of 66.5 miles, floated among the stars for a few minutes in zero-gravity, and then came back down for a safe landing.
“That was incredible, that was unbelievable,” Bezos yelled from in the capsule upon landing. The Amazon founder also added that he “was surprised how easy zero-g was, remarkably natural,” with his brother saying that “it was ‘like swimming.”
People on the ground popped champagne corks as the crew disembarked the capsule because the event broke a few records. Not only was the flight the first of its kind, but Jeff Bezos became the wealthiest man to go to space, Wally Funk became the oldest person, and Oliver Daemen became the youngest. But Wally Funk will soon be dethroned by William Shatner when he takes flight next month.