The ‘Star Trek’ actor has finally gone into space after his out-of-this-world trip with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin crew members happened without a hitch following two delays.
AceShowbiz –William Shatner has made history as the oldest man to blast off into space.
The 90-year-old “Star Trek” icon’s 11-minute mission on board Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepard rocket took him 60 miles above the earth and back again.
Speaking shortly before a delayed blast off in Van Horn, Texas, the actor said, “There is an adventure in my life that I would not have had had I not done this and it looks like there’s a great curiosity about this fictional character, Captain Kirk, going into space, so let’s go along with it and enjoy the ride.”
The launch went off apparently without a hitch, after two delays. It was originally set for take-off on Sunday (10Oct21), but high winds bumped the history-making trip to Wednesday.
It is the second human flight on the spacecraft – Bezos was part of a four-man crew who enjoyed an out-of-this-world trip two months ago.
Joining Shatner for Wednesday’s space flight was Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, as well as two men who paid for blast-off, Glen de Vries and Chris Boshuizen.
The actor previously joked he didn’t want to be the oldest man to go into space. “I’m terrified. I’m Captain Kirk, and I’m terrified,” he said.
“It comes and goes like a summer cold. I’m planning on putting my nose against the window (once I’m in space) and my only hope is I won’t see someone else looking back.”
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