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William Shatner to Ride Blue Origin Vessel This Month

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Out of all of the roles he’s held in his long and storied career, veteran actor William Shatner’s most beloved still remains Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise from the original Star Trek series. It’s thanks to that famous role that Shatner and his co-stars have had regular brushes with the scientific community, and space-related endeavors especially. This month, though, Shatner will be going where nobody- well, only a few somebodies- has gone before: into the deep dark itself.

It’s been announced that Blue Origin, the spaceflight company created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, will be launching its next civilian-manned capsule up into the inky darkness on October 12, and the star of the launch will be none other than Shatner himself. This will be the second launch of a Blue Origin New Shepard capsule following the previous launch back in July. Interestingly, that launch featured former aviator Wally Funk, who set the record at the time as the oldest person in space. However, assuming this next launch goes off without a hitch, Shatner, who is currently 90 years old, will become the new record holder.

In addition to Shatner, the capsule will be crewed 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 own vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers. The capsule will launch from the Blue Origin facility in West Texas, same as the first capsule, and will take its passengers to suborbital flight, hover weightlessly for a brief period, then return to the Earth.

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