- The Blue Origin crew spoke to Good Morning America on Monday
- The team was set to launch on Tuesday, but strong winds pushed it to Wednesday
- William Shatner, who will become the oldest man in space, is part of the crew
- He told GMA he was disappointed by the day’s delay
- Shatner will be joined by Chris Boshuizen, Glenn de Vries and Audrey Powers
90-year-old William Shatner, who was set to become the oldest man in space on Tuesday, shared his disappointment on the Good Morning Show after hearing that the mission has now been delayed until Wednesday due to bad weather.
Speaking with GMA host TJ Holmes, Shatner said, “I’m very disappointed because I was building up to the enthusiastic response and now I have to wait another day, but like you said, really worth it.” There is only one extra day.
‘What a day with this extraordinary experience that we are about to have.’
Shatner, best known for his role in Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek” is one of four people to take off on Wednesday on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket – the mission was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed due to bad weather.
The crew, which also includes Chris Boshuizen, Glenn de Vries and Audrey Powers, wait patiently for their tip at Blue Origin’s Astronaut Village in West Texas.
Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is now set to launch at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, when Shatner will take the title of oldest man in space from 87-year-old Wally Funk, who flew on a New Shepard rocket in July.
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Shatner and the crew — Chris Boshuizen (left), Glenn de Vries (right) and Audrey Powers (second from right) — spoke to Good Morning America (GMA) on Monday about the delay and excitement over being part of history.
Shatner is set to become the oldest person in space as he and the other three members of the NS-18 rocket move past the 62-mile-high Karman Line, where they will experience four minutes of weightlessness and watch the curvature. Planets.
‘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 over the years has seen missions soar into space and now has the opportunity to make the trip himself.
‘It was a very generous offer for me to represent all my colleagues at Blue’ who have been working on this program for a very long time,’ Powers told Holmes.
The crew patiently awaits their tip at Blue Origin’s Astronaut Village in West Texas — Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is now scheduled to launch at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The picture has Shatner left and Boshuizen right
William Shatner (pictured) is one of four men aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on Wednesday – the mission was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed due to bad weather
‘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.’
Powers, who joined Blue Origin in 2013, oversees New Shepard flight operations, vehicle maintenance, and launch, landing and ground support infrastructure, and is also an attorney at the company.
Shatner (left) is best known for playing Captain James T Kirk in the original Star Trek series, and is portrayed in the 1960s with his co-star Leonard Nimoy.
According to GMA, there are only two paying clients on this journey: Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Labs and partner at venture capital firm DCVC, and de Vries, co-founder of Medidata.
It is unclear whether Shatner and Powers have paid for their seats.
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 the live interview.
Along with the ride is Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, who has seen missions soar into space for years and now has the opportunity to travel on her own.
According to GMA, there are only two paying clients on this journey: Chris Boshuizen (left) co-founder of Planet Labs and partner at venture capital firm DCVC and Glenn de Vries (right, co-founder of Medidata)
‘I think we will see this day 50 years from now and it was the year that mankind started going into space.’
Shatner is set to become the oldest person in space when he and the other three members of the NS-18 rocket move past the Karman Line
De Vries, who co-founded Mediadata Solutions in 1999, said the spot at New Shepard was a ‘dream come true.’
He told Holmes, ‘That’s how innovation happens.
‘When you think about the opportunity to build an industry and promote that industry, I lived in it in health care and life sciences, as Chris was saying it’s the beginning of a new time for space .
‘We are at the beginning of a curve that is just about to explode.’
Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is also in Texas ahead of the launch.
He and his girlfriend touched on Monday morning and shared a picture of him holding their hand.
Bezos shared in the caption, ‘Shoes on the ground for the @blueorigin launch in Texas. ‘can not wait!’
The mission follows Blue Origin’s first crewed flight on July 20, which was led by the firm’s founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, Dutch teenager Oliver Damen and test pilot, Wally Funk, …