William Shatner took off into space with a Blue Origin space capsule from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The 90-year-old Canadian actor, who became famous above all for his role as “Captain Kirk” on the “Spaceship Enterprise”, is the oldest person who has ever traveled into space with this flight. The trip into space is expected to take around ten minutes.
The former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, the entrepreneur Glen de Vries and the deputy head of Blue Origin, Audrey Powers, will now fly with Shatner. The participation of “Captain Kirk” as the fourth passenger is seen as a PR coup for Bezos and his company Blue Origin. Unlike Boshuizen and De Vries, Shatner did not pay for his ticket, but was invited as a “guest” by Blue Origin, reported the New York Times, citing the company.
It is the second manned flight of the New Shepard capsule. On the first in July, Bezos was on board himself, along with his brother Mark, an 82-year-old former US pilot and an 18-year-old Dutchman.
Captain Kirk flies into space
In 1966 Shatner first took on the role of “Captain James T. Kirk” in the science fiction series “Star Trek”. During his decades-long career, the actor, who has three daughters and separated from his fourth wife in 2019, has repeatedly commanded the “Starship Enterprise”.