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William Shatner blasts off into space aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin | FULL

CA, 13 Oct 2021
Star Trek’s Captain Kirk is set to blast off into space Wednesday morning aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin spacecraft — boldly going where no other sci-fi actors have gone.

Jeff Bezos‘ space travel company, Blue Origin, will be carrying Canadian actor William Shatner, who at the age of 90, will become the oldest person in space. He’ll join three others — two of them paying customers — aboard a Blue Origin capsule. It will be the company’s second launch with a crew.

-9:15a: Astronauts leave Training Center for launch pad
-9:25a: Astronauts ascend tower, once given "go", enter crew capsule
-9:36a: Hatch closes

**a hold was implemented**

-10:30a: Launch
- New Shepard booster lands
- New Shepard crew capsule lands
- Hatch opens

Bezos was on the debut flight in July, along with his brother and the youngest and oldest people to ever fly in space. Shatner will break that upper threshold by six years.

“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” Shatner said in a statement.

Also flying with Shatner: a former NASA engineer who founded a nanosatellite company; the co-founder of a software company specializing in clinical research; and a Blue Origin employee.

The up-and-down space hop will last 10 minutes and reach no higher than about 66 miles (106 kilometers).

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