WILLIAM SHATNER HEADS INTO SPACE

WILLIAM SHATNER HEADS INTO SPACE

WILLIAM SHATNER HEADS INTO SPACE

Star Trek's Captain Kirk, aka the legendary William Shatner, is heading into space – for real!

The 90-year-old acting star confirmed he is to be a passenger – not the captain – on the upcoming Blue Origin flight into Earth orbit, next week. The trip will make him the oldest astronaut in history, adding that record to his glittering career in film and television.

The veteran actor confirmed the news in a tweet, below

 

Shatner will lift off on New Shepard NS-18 from Launch Site One in Texas on 12 October, and will be only the second flight with human passangers for the rocket, following Amazon owner Jeff Bezos' much publicised test flight earlier this summer, in July.

Shatner will be joined by Audrey Powers, VP of Flight Operations, Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries. In a statement, the ST alumni said of the future flight: "I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle."

The other month, billionaire Bezos joined his brother, an 18-year-old student and 82-year-old pioneer of the space race on what was the first commercial flight of its kind.

But Shatner and co. won't be away for too long, just like the July venture, as they'll only be spending all of 10 minutes in space itself, travelling around 100km (60 miles) above the Earth.

Shatner played the famous Captain Kirk in The Original Series of Star Trek and reprised his role some years later (and after cancellation) for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and its subsequent sequels.