William Shatner played a space captain for years. Now, he’s heading to space himself on the next Blue Origin flight. Here’s how and when to watch.
The 90-year old actor is flying on the New Shepard NS-18. It’ll make him the oldest person to go to space and is happening around three months after Blue Origin’s CEO Jeff Bezos, his brother and Wally Funk took flight on the first-ever blue origin flight with humans on board.
Thankfully, those interested in space don’t even need network TV to watch William Shatner go. It’ll be available to all on Blue Origin’s YouTube channel starting an hour and a half before the scheduled launch at 9 am central time tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13th.
The launch was initially scheduled for today but was postponed due to weather issues.
“I’m deeply disappointed because I was building up the enthusiastic response, now we have to wait another day,” Shatner said in an interview. “[But] it’s really worth it. What’s a day with this extraordinary experience that we’re about to have?”
You can click here to access the company’s Youtube channel.
Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations, is also joining Shatner. Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries will come on board as the crew members that’ll make the whole thing possible. The flight lifts off from Launch Site One in Texas.
Blue Origin, though it’s been criticized for multiple reasons, wants to make space eventually accessible to tourists. The company is owned by Jeff Bezos and directly competes with Virgin Galactic, which launched billionaire Richard Branson to space last July.
These early missions are crucial for the company, but they are early missions and no flight to space is ever without risk.
William Shatner is Nervous to Go to Space
Shatner’s been honest about his feelings leading up to the big mission.
“I’m terrified,” he said at a New York Comic Con Panel following the announcement he’d be going. “I’m Captain Kirk, and I’m terrified going to space. You know, I’m not really terrified. Yes, I am. It comes and goes like a summer cold.”
“You have three minutes to look into the abscess of space and the beauty of this oasis of Earth, and I was planning on pressing my nose against the window, you know?” he continued. “And my only hope was I wouldn’t see somebody else looking back.”
His friend, Jason, convinced him to do the mission.
“So [Jason] came to me about a year and a half ago and he said, you know, they’re starting to send these rockets up with people into space,” Shatner said in the interview. “Wouldn’t it be something if Captain Kirk went up there? And I said, ‘Jason, for God’s sakes, man, nobody cares about Captain Kirk going up into space. You know, it was 55 years ago, by God, man!”
But it looks like plenty of people care, so if you want to check out the Launch, remember to go to the company’s youtube channel tomorrow morning!