Around 10:30 p.m. ET. Shatner and fellow passengers arrived at the launch site before expected liftoff of
90-year-old William Shatner will make history on Wednesday morning as the oldest man to go into space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket — if all goes according to plan.
‘Star Trek’ Shatner Is Going to Space on Bezos’ Blue Original Rocket, Praises ‘Remarkable’ Vision
“Star Trek” actors meets Audrey Powers, vice president of mission and flight operations for the suborbital spaceflight company, vice president for life sciences and healthcare at French software company Dassault Systems Glen de Vries, and co-founder of Earth-observation company Planet Chris Boshuizen.
According to the Associated Press, two entrepreneurs bid unsuccessfully for a seat with Bezos on the previous flight, while Shatner was invited as a guest.
The NS-18 mission launched from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas. Blue Origin’s target launch time was 10 a.m. EDT, but the final 15-minute countdown actually began at 10:34 a.m. EDT.
The rocket booster will separate from New Shepard’s capsule and return to Earth approximately eight minutes after liftoff.
Like the July 20 flight of Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the four passengers of the second crewed New Shepard flight will experience four minutes of weightlessness, with the entire trip just about 10 minutes.
Bezos was present at the launch site on Wednesday, greeting passengers before they were loaded into the cabin.
The group will reach a maximum altitude just above the Karman Line, the internationally recognized limit of space.
The launch has already been delayed by a day due to weather conditions.
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Bezos, A “Star Trek” Fan, was at the launch and landing site on Wednesday morning to send off the NS-18 crew.
“We’re just at the beginning, but how miraculous that beginning is. How extraordinary to be a part of that beginning,” Shatner said in a Blue Origin video Tuesday night. “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.”