Blue Origin launches William Shatner into space

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Blue Origin has launched William Shatner into space aboard its New Shepard NS-18 rocket.

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90 years old star trek The actor became the oldest person to travel to space, surpassing 82-year-old Wally Funk, who took Blue Origin’s first crewed flight in July.

The launch was delayed several times due to windy weather at Blue Origin’s facility in West Texas, but eventually picked up at around 9.50 a.m. local time.


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Accompanying Shatner in flight were Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen and software firm Medidata co-founder Glenn de Vries.

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The rocket reached an altitude of about 100 km, allowing passengers to see the curvature of the Earth and experience microgravity. The total flight time takes just 11 minutes.

Blue Origin is one of three companies ushering in a new era of space tourism, with SpaceX and Virgin Galactic also sending civilians into space in recent months.

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