Original “Star Trek” captain William Shatner envisions “the vastness of space” ahead of his actual journey to the final frontier on October 12.
Shatner, 90, who played Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek: The Original Series,” which launched one of the most successful sci-fi franchises in history, will launch into space October 12 aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard Suborbital Vehicle. A week after leaving Earth (and earning the title of oldest person to ever be in space), Shatner shared his thoughts and feelings about going to space on the show. NBC’s “Today Show”.
“We’re talking about space and the conditions of weightlessness, the enormity of the universe and the absolute gem of a little thing we call Earth,” Shatner said. “I’m going to see the vastness of space and the extraordinary miracle of our Earth and how fragile it is compared to the forces at work in the universe… that’s really what I’m looking for.”
Shatner will take off with three other passengers at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1:30 p.m. GMT) on October 12 from Blue Origin’s first launch site in West Texas.
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This will be Blue Origin’s second crewed launch into space. The first one, which took off 2nd of July0, carried the founder of the company, billionaire Jeff Bezos; his brother Mark Bezos; aviator Wally Funk; and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen on a brief but successful flight over the Kármán Line – an internationally recognized space limit 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface – and back to Earth .
An average suborbital flight with New Shepard lasts a total of 11 minutes from start to finish, with about four minutes of weightlessness in space.
Other companies are also developing suborbital space tourism programs, with Galactic Virgo also taking passengers into space aboard its VSS Unity space plane. Ahead of Blue Origin’s July 20 launch, Virgin Galactic took off with its first crewed space flight, sending four passengers – including Virgin Group billionaire founder Richard Branson – into suborbital space and back.