Star Trek’s William Shatner, 90, is the oldest person EVER in space as he and three others orbit 62 miles above Earth in Blue Origin’s New Shepard 

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  • Blue Origin sent four people into space on Wednesday during its second crewed flight mission
  • 90-year-old William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, is now the oldest man to go into space.
  • Customers paying for the ride are Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries, as well as Audrey Powers, who is Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations and did not pay for the seat.
  • The crew climbed atop a 60-foot-tall New Shepard rocket until they reached 62 miles above the surface
  • There he spent three minutes floating in zero gravity before returning to Earth.

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90-year-old William Shatner on Wednesday earned the title of oldest man in space, 62 miles above Earth’s surface and three others.

The crew, which also includes Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries and Audrey Powers, launched on Blue Origin’s 60-foot-tall New Shepard rocket from the company’s Launch Site One in Van Horn, Texas.

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‘Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to launch this rocket. Godspeed: New Shepard,’ said Blue Origin launch commentator Jackie Cortes at lift-off.

The crew soared more than 350,000 feet above Earth’s surface within three minutes of the rocket’s launch.

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‘Welcome to space,’ said Cortes from the ground.

The livestream showed the white capsule hanging in the darkness of space while the four members floated in zero-gravity for three minutes.

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Blue Origin’s rocket took off just after 10:45 a.m. ET from the company’s Launch Site One facility in Van Horn, Texas.

'Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to launch this rocket.  Godspeed: New Shepard,' Blue Origin launch commentator Jackie Cortes said at lift-off

‘Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to launch this rocket. Godspeed: New Shepard,’ Blue Origin launch commentator Jackie Cortes said at lift-off

The capsule then began its journey back to Earth, with three parachutes deployed to guide the craft to a soft landing in the Texas desert.

A microphone inside the capsule fueled the excitement within the crew.

‘It’s like nothing I’ve experienced before,’ Shatner said during the descent.

All dressed in blue flight suits with the company name in white letters on one sleeve, the team boarded the white capsule with about an hour remaining on the countdown,

The crew soared more than 350,000 feet from space within a little more than three minutes after the rocket was launched

The crew soared more than 350,000 feet from space within a little more than three minutes after the rocket was launched

The team received a nod from Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos, who also escorted them to the launch tower and closed the hatch just minutes before launch.

Crews are strapped to their seats as they wait for the countdown clock to end and once it does, it will only take three minutes for the NS18 to hit the 62-mile mark—the ‘Karman Line’ crossing, which is the edge of space—after New Shepard left the launch pad.

All four members received a special challenge coin immediately upon arrival at the training center, representing the achievement of something belonging and noble and awarded only to astronauts who have passed the training and have flown on a spacecraft. are ready to be filled.

The capsule then began its journey back to Earth, with three parachutes deployed to guide the craft to a soft landing in the Texas desert.

Capsule makes perfect landing for Blue Origin's second manned flight

The capsule then began its journey back to Earth, with three parachutes deployed to guide the craft to a soft landing in the Texas desert.

The team climbed the towers about 30 minutes before launch and each played a hanging silver bell that said above it ‘Light this candle,’ before walking through a tunnel on the way to the launch capsule.

This is the second crewed flight operated by a company owned by Jeff Bezos – the first took off on July 20 and Bezos himself was along for the ride.

However, Wednesday’s mission garnered just as much attention as Shatner, best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk on the hit show “Star Trek,” a dream come true for the millions of people who turned to the sci-fi television show. were inspired.

William Shatner, 90, is one step closer to securing the title of oldest man in space – he and three others are set to launch 62 miles above Earth's surface on Wednesday morning.  The crew is inside the capsule, waiting to take off

William Shatner, 90, is one step closer to securing the title of oldest man in space – he and three others are set to launch 62 miles above Earth’s surface on Wednesday morning. The crew is inside the capsule, waiting to take off

All dressed in blue flight suits with the company name in white letters on one sleeve, the team boarded the white capsule after departing from Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos, who drove them to the launch tower and minutes from launch. First the hatch closed.

All dressed in blue flight suits with the company name in white letters on one sleeve, the team boarded the white capsule after departing from Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos, who drove them to the launch tower and minutes from launch. First the hatch closed.

The crew climbed the tower about 30 minutes before launch, and each rang a hanging silver bell that said above it 'Light this candle,' before walking through a tunnel on the way to the launch capsule.

The crew climbed the tower about 30 minutes before launch, and each rang a hanging silver bell that said above it ‘Light this candle,’ before walking through a tunnel on the way to the launch capsule.

The crew, which also includes Chris Boshuizen, Glenn de Vries and Audrey Powers, is launching on Blue Origin's 60-foot-tall New Shepard rocket at 10 a.m. ET from the company's Launch Site One in Van Horn, Texas.

The crew, which also includes Chris Boshuizen, Glenn de Vries and Audrey Powers, will be launching on Blue Origin’s 60-foot-tall New Shepard rocket at 10 a.m.

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