William Shatner Says He’s ‘Terrified’ Ahead of Space Flight

by Suzanne Halliburton

Picture William Shatner as Captain James Tiberius Kirk. He’s young and wearing his tight gold shirt as he’s sitting on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

And you hear his voice: “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Now, let’s flash back to the real world. The 90-year-old William Shatner is talking about space Thursday during a session of New York’s Comic-Con. Did you know Shatner really is going to space? He’s part of the next trip conducted by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Spaceflight.

William Shatner talked about his trip as the crowd roared their approval:

“I’m terrified,” he said. “I’m Captain Kirk. And I’m terrified. I’m not really terrified — yes I am. It comes and goes like a summer cold. I’m planning on putting my nose against the window [once he’s in space], and my only hope is I won’t see someone else looking back.” (Based on his voyages on the Enterprise, a host of aliens, from Klingons to Tribbles, may peak back at him.).

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William Shatner Will Be Oldest Person (from Earth) In Space

Earlier this week, Blue Origin announced that Shatner, finally, was headed to space. At 90, he’d be the oldest Earthling ever to travel in space.

“I don’t want to be the oldest guy to go into space,” William Shatner told the Comic-Con crowd. He was kidding, of course.

The trip is scheduled for Oct. 12. He’ll blast off from a remote part of West Texas near the New Mexico border. Shatner said the idea came up about 18 months ago. A friend, Jason Erhlick, suggested it, knowing that billionaires would soon be launching citizens in space. Made all kinds of sense to volunteer the guy who played James T. Kirk. And let’s talk about terrific publicity, as if Bezos and Amazon need it. COVID-19 did delay the billionaire’s space race. But once Bezos took his trip earlier this year, Shatner heard from Blue Origin.

“My friend came to me about a year and a half ago and he said he was seeing these rockets with people going into space,” William Shatner said. “And, wouldn’t it be something if Captain Kirk went up there? And I said, ‘Jason, for God’s sake, man. Nobody cares if Captain Kirk goes to space. It was 55 years ago, man. But I’m doing well, maybe I should go up to space?”

Yes, please, William Shatner, go into space. Every living Trekkie in the world is following this story. Now, it should be pointed out that Shatner’s trip into actual space will be about 63 miles before he heads back to Earth. He’s not traveling at warp speed and he’s probably not going to yell at Scotty to go any faster. He’ll float in microgravity for about four minutes.