Captain Kirk is actually headed to area…at 90.
William Shatner is about to board Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepard rocket subsequent month, in response to TMZ, turning into the oldest man to ever fly into area. The 15-minute flight, and the run-up to it, are being filmed for a documentary that’s at the moment being shopped to various retailers, with one deal reportedly in negotiations.
It’s unknown who else shall be aboard the mission, and it’s unclear how a lot the Star Trek star needed to pay to hitch the intergalactic crew (the final flight’s remaining seat went for over $20 million at public sale). The rocket was previously launched in July with 4 passengers, together with Bezos and his brother.
Shatner has not been shy about his need to fly into outer area. In Could of final 12 months, he tweeted out a mocked-up picture of him in an astronaut go well with, encouraging NASA to ship him out. “BTW @NASA – simply in case; the go well with does match!” he wrote.
He appeared to trace at his future out-of-this-world travels later that 12 months throughout a digital Comedian-Con panel that targeted on NASA’s Artemis program. “There’s a chance that I’m going to go up for a short second and are available again down,” he mentioned, per Space.com. He indicated he had some considerations in gentle of the 1986 Challenger flight, which led to the deaths of seven astronauts.
Whereas Shatner’s physique could also be flying into area for the primary time, his title has already preceded him. NASA’s InSight Mars rover was geared up with two microchips embedded with 2.4 million names—one in all them Shatner’s—earlier than its 2018 launch.