William Shatner, TV’s Capt. Kirk, boards rocket for blastoff

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VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, climbed aboard a rocket ship along with three fellow passengers for a real-life ride into space Wednesday, courtesy of “Star Trek” fan Jeff Bezos.

The four began strapping in for a morning launch from remote West Texas on a trip expected to last just 10 minutes, with the fully automated capsule set to reach an altitude of about 66 miles before parachuting back to the desert floor.

Bezos’ Space Travel Company, Blue Origin, invited Shatner to join them on their journey to the final frontier. This mission would make Shatner the oldest person in space.

Bezos himself drove the four to the pad and was with them on the platform high above the ground as they climbed aboard the 60-foot rocket. New Shepard was named after Alan Shepard, the first American to go into space.

This is a moment of reassurance for everyone to see Capt. Blue Origin launch commentator JackiCortese stated that James Tiberius Kirk was going to space before liftoff. She stated that she was attracted to space by “Star Trek” like many others. “

Source: Courtesy of Space Perspectice

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It was Blue Origin’s second scheduled passenger flight, using the same capsule and rocket that Bezos used for his own launch three months ago.

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson launched the U.S.-based tourism boom in July by riding his rocket ship into space. Nine days later, Bezos was on board his own capsule. Elon Musk was still there as SpaceX launched its first tourist flight last month.

Last week, Russia sent an actor and a film director to the International Space Station in order to make movies.

” We’re only at the beginning of this journey, but it is amazing how incredible it is. In a Blue Origin video, Shatner stated how extraordinary it was to be part in that beginning. The video was posted on the eve his flight.

Rounding out the crew: a Blue Origin vice president and two entrepreneurs. Blue Origin didn’t disclose the ticket prices. Shatner was invited for free.

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Dunn reported from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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