Meet the crew of NS18! Blue Origin shares a new photo of the four astronauts preparing to launch into space tomorrow, including Star Trek legend William Shatner, 90, who jokes ‘aren’t we adorbs?’

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  • Blue Origin is sending its second crew capsule to the edge of space
  • It was to be launched today but got delayed till tomorrow due to wind
  • William Shatner, aged 90, is in the crew and will be the oldest person in space
  • It will take off from West Texas as of 08:30 ET (13:30 BST) on Wednesday

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Blue Origin has shared a new photo of four ‘astronauts’ that will launch to the edge of space tomorrow, including Star Trek legend William Shatner, aged 90.

Shatner retweeted the photo, in which the four crew members look as if they are preparing for a distant mission, joking ‘Aren’t we applauding’.

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The crew was originally set to launch today, but the launch was pushed back to tomorrow due to strong winds around the Blue Origin facility in West Texas.

The four-man crew on the suborbital flight includes Shatner, Chris Boshuizen, Glenn de Vries and Audrey Powers, all of whom are waiting in the Astronaut Village.

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The flight will take off from Launch Site One in West Texas on Wednesday at 08:30 ET (13:30 BST) on a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, flying for 65 miles where the crew will experience three minutes of weightlessness before landing on Earth. .

Regarding the delay in the launch, Shatner said he is ‘extremely disappointed’ as he has one more day to wait, but added that it is ‘really worth it.’

Left to right: Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glenn de Vries will travel to the edge of space tomorrow with Blue Origin

The four-man crew on the suborbital flight includes Shatner, Chris Boshuizen, Glenn de Vries and Audrey Powers, all of whom are waiting in the Astronaut Village.

The four-man crew on the suborbital flight includes Shatner, Chris Boshuizen, Glenn de Vries and Audrey Powers, all of whom are waiting in the Astronaut Village.

meet the crew

William Shatner

The 90-year-old Canadian actor rose to fame in the 1960s when he played James T. Kirk in the original series Star Trek.

Upon launch, he will become the oldest person ever to travel into space.

Chris Boshuizen

Boshuizen is a co-founder of Planet Labs and a partner in venture capital firm DCVC, and is a paying traveler.

He has a net worth of $30 million, and as of 2012 was the Space Mission Architect at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

Glen de Vries

De Vries, who co-founded Medidata Solutions in 1999, said the spot at New Shepard was a ‘dream come true’.

In an interview before the launch, he said, ‘This is how innovation happens.

audrey powers

Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, he spent years overseeing missions in space.

She joined Blue Origin in 2013 and oversees New Shepard flight operations, vehicle maintenance, and launch, landing and ground support infrastructure.

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When Shatner crosses the 50-mile altitude mark, he will become the oldest person to go to space, taking the record from 82-year-old Wally Funk, who earlier this year flew with Jeff Bezos on the first Blue Origin crewed mission. was launched on

Shatner rose to fame when he played James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series in 1966.

It was four years after Alan Shepherd—the name of the rocket he would travel in—became the first American in space, and three years before Neil Armstrong walked on the surface of the Moon.

‘I plan to stick my nose to the window and look out the window. The only thing I don’t want to see is a little gremlin looking back at me,’ Shatner said, referring to his role in The Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare 20,000 Feet.”

Along with the ride is Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, who spent years overseeing the mission in space.

‘It was a very generous offer for me to represent all my colleagues in Blue’ who have been working on this program for a very long time,’ Powers said in an interview with Good Morning America on Monday.

‘He gave me the opportunity to represent all those great people and sit on the seat. I could not have been more overwhelmed by the opportunity.’

She joined Blue Origin in 2013 and oversees New Shepard flight operations, vehicle maintenance, and launch, landing and ground support infrastructure.

The other two passengers are ‘paying customers,’ and while the actual cost of their tickets has not been disclosed, it is believed to be at least $200,000 (£147,000).

William Shatner (pictured second from left) shared the photo of the crew on Twitter, joking in the caption: 'Aren't we all applauding!'

William Shatner (pictured second from left) shared the photo of the crew on Twitter, joking in the caption: ‘Aren’t we all applauding!’

Shatner and crew spoke to Good Morning America (GMA) on Monday about the delay and excitement at being part of history

Shatner and crew spoke to Good Morning America (GMA) on Monday about the delay and excitement at being part of history

The New Shepherd will travel 100 km (62 mi) beyond the Karman Line, defined internationally as the 'edge of space', where the crew sits weightless for a few minutes before parachuting back into the Texas desert in the capsule. will experience.

The New Shepherd will travel 100 km (62 mi) beyond the Karman Line, defined internationally as the ‘edge of space’, where the crew sits weightless for a few minutes before parachuting back into the Texas desert in the capsule. will experience.

The New Shepard is made up of a rocket and a nose cone, with room for six passengers to travel up to 65 miles above Earth.

The New Shepard is made up of a rocket and a nose cone, with room for six passengers to travel up to 65 miles above Earth.

De Vries (left), Shatner (middle) and Powers (right) are pictured as they conduct training before the mission

De Vries (left), Shatner (middle) and Powers (right) are pictured as they conduct training before the mission

Among the paying travelers is Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Labs and partner at venture capital firm DCVC, and de Vries, co-founder of Medidata.

Boshuizen, who has an estimated net worth He was also the Space Mission Architect at NASA’s Ames Research Center between 2008 and 2012, for close to $30 million.

During this time he invented PhoneSat, which is a satellite built from a smartphone.

“I’ve worked in the space industry all my life and I’m excited that the door is finally opening,” Boshuizen said during an interview with GMA.

The flight will take off from Launch Site One in West Texas on Wednesday at 08:30 ET (13:30 BST) on a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, flying for 65 miles where the crew will experience three minutes of weightlessness before landing on Earth.

The flight will take off from Launch Site One in West Texas on Wednesday at 08:30 ET (13:30 BST) on a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, flying for 65 miles where the crew will experience three minutes of weightlessness before landing on Earth.

This will be the second crewed flight for Blue Origin.  The last (pictured) took Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Damon and Wally Funk to the edge of space on July 20.

This will be the second crewed flight for Blue Origin. The last (pictured) took Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Damon and Wally Funk to the edge of space on July 20.

The Canadian actor rose to fame when he played James T Kirk in the original Star Trek series in 1966.  Pictured here in the 1988 film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

The Canadian actor rose to fame when he…

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