October 4 (WNN) — Actor William Shatner – who regularly travels across space and time as Captain James T. Kirk star trek For three years on television and seven in feature films – headed to space for real.
Aerospace company Blue Origin announced Monday that Shatner will be part of its New Shepard NS-18 crew when it takes off on October 12. He will be joined by Blue Origin executive Audrey Powers and crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glenn de Vries on the flight.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time,” Shatner said in a statement. “I am taking this opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”
“Yeah, it’s true; I’m going to be a ‘Rocket Man’!” He added in a tweet.
At 90, Shatner will make history as the oldest person in space—a title most recently awarded to astronaut Wally Funk during Blue Origin spaceflight in July.
Shatner played Captain Kirk in it. star trek television series on NBC between 1966 and 1969 and reprized the role for the first seven star trek motion pictures, as well as directing the fifth installment. he is also a regular star trek the seminar
An attorney and space industry veteran, Powers oversees all flight operations for New Shepard and has been with Blue Origin since 2013. She was involved in the process of certifying the New Shepard for manned flight.
Powers served as a flight controller for NASA and has 2,000 hours of console time as a mission controller for the International Space Station.
“I feel very proud and humbled to fly on behalf of Team Blue, and I’m excited to continue writing Blue’s history of human spaceflight,” Powers said in a statement. “As an engineer and lawyer with more than two decades of experience in the aerospace industry, I have great confidence in our New Shepard team and the vehicle we have developed.”
Blue Origin has been in a race with Virgin Galactic, owned by billionaire Richard Branson, and SpaceX in the space tourism business.