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William Shatner to Embark on Blue Origin Vessel Journey Later This Month


William Shatner to Embark on Blue Origin Vessel Journey Later This Month

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Among the various roles he has played throughout his extensive and illustrious career, the seasoned performer William Shatner is most fondly remembered as Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise from the original Star Trek series. It is primarily due to this iconic character that Shatner and his fellow actors have frequently engaged with the scientific field, particularly in space-related ventures. This month, however, Shatner is preparing to venture into uncharted territories: the profound darkness of space.

Blue Origin, the aerospace company founded by Jeff Bezos of Amazon, has unveiled plans to send its following civilian-manned spacecraft soaring into the abyss on October 12, with none other than Shatner as the centerpiece of the mission. This marks the second voyage of a Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft following the previous launch in July. Notably, the previous launch included former pilot Wally Funk, who at the time set the record as the eldest person in space. Nevertheless, provided that this upcoming launch proceeds smoothly, Shatner, at the age of 90, will claim the new record.

Aside from Shatner, the spacecraft will be piloted by former NASA engineer and Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen, Medidata co-founder and vice chair of life sciences at Dassault Systèmes Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers. The launch will take place from the Blue Origin base in West Texas, the same location as the initial launch, and will transport its occupants on a suborbital journey, allowing them to experience weightlessness for a brief period before returning to Earth.

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