October 5, 2021
“Star Trek” captain James T. Kirk is headed to outer space for real. William Shatner, the 90-year-old actor who played the venerable space explorer, will be aboard the second flight of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepard NS-18 space craft when it blasts off Oct. 12.
Joining Shatner will be Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s VP of mission and flight operations, and crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries.
“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.
Shatner’s career as an actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist and horseman has spanned 60 years. He originated the role of “Captain Kirk” in 1966 for the television series “Star Trek.” The series spawned a feature film franchise in which Shatner returned as Kirk in seven of the “Trek” movies, one of which he directed. He has long wanted to travel to space and will become the oldest person to have flown to space.
Shatner is currently the host and executive producer of “The UnXplained” on The History Channel. From the producers of “Ancient Aliens” and “The Curse of Oak Island,” the one-hour nonfiction series explores the world’s most fascinating, strange and inexplicable mysteries.
Amazon founder Bezos, his brother Mark, Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen and 82-year-old aviation pioneer Wally Funk were aboard the inaugural Blue Origin flight that takes about 11 minutes and soars past the Kármán Line, the internationally recognized boundary of space.