William Shatner to travel to space on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket

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Star Trek’s Captain Kirk is hitting space this month — boldly going where no other sci-fi artist has gone.

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Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, announced Monday that William Shatner will fly over West Texas on October 12.

At the age of 90, Shatner will become the oldest person to go into space. He will join three others aboard the Blue Origin capsule – two of them paying customers. This will be the company’s second launch with Crew.


Bezos was on the first flight in July with his brother and the youngest and oldest person to fly into space. Shatner would break that upper limit by six years.

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“I’ve heard about space for quite some time. I’m taking this opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” Shatner said in a statement.

Also flying with Shatner: a former NASA engineer who founded a nanosatellite company; co-founder of a software company specializing in clinical research; And a Blue Origin employee.

The up and down space hop will last 10 minutes and reach no more than approximately 66 miles (106 kilometers).

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