Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space exploration venture Blue Origin is preparing to launch its second Crew rocket with veteran actor William Shatner on Wednesday, star trekHis own captain, James T. Kirk, among his numbers.
At 90, Mr. Shatner will become the oldest person ever to leave Earth, surpassing 82-year-old astronaut Wally Funk, who took part in Blue Origin’s maiden voyage 12 weeks ago in the company of Mr. Bezos, his brother Mark and Was. 18-year-old Dutch student Oliver Damen.
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“We are just at the beginning, but how miraculous that beginning is. And how extraordinary to be a part of that beginning,” the non-Generian said in a pre-launch video posted on Twitter.
“It looks like this fictional character, Captain Kirk, is very curious about going to space. So let’s go with it and enjoy the ride.”
Joining him on a New Shepard NS-18 rocket launching from Van Horn in West Texas will be Blue Origin Vice President Audrey Powers, former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen and Medidata CEO Glen de Vries.
The flight was initially scheduled for take-off on Tuesday, but had to be postponed due to strong winds.
It is now set to move forward at 8.30 a.m. (2.30 a.m. GMT) local time, with the mission’s livestream starting 90 minutes before launch, which you can follow GranthshalaDedicated Liveblog.
The journey should last only 10 minutes, reaching a maximum altitude of about 66 miles before the fully automated capsule parachuting back into the desert.
Virgin Galactic’s Sir Richard Branson launched the current trend for billionaire space tourism on July 11, riding his own rocketship into space.
Mr Bezos, aboard his own capsule nine days later, disputed whether the British tycoon’s previous flight had actually climbed high enough to honestly claim it left our atmosphere.
Elon Musk lagged behind but his SpaceX company launched its first private flight last month, billionaire Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman, 28, bone cancer survivor Hayley Arkinex, 29, and ticket winner Dr. Sean Proctor, 51. , and Christopher Sambrowski, 42, sent to. To revolve around.
And last week, Russia sent 37-year-old actor Yulia Peresild and 38-year-old film director Klim Shipenko to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft to shoot scenes for a new film from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, featuring a Tom Cruise Led Hollywood Project To Punch.
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