William Shatner becomes oldest ever person to go to space
Shatner, 90, will join a crew from Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
William Shatner, 90, will make history on Wednesday morning aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket as the oldest person to go to space – if all goes to plan.
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The "Star Trek" actor joins the sub-orbital spaceflight company's vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, vice chair for life sciences and healthcare at the French software company Dassault Systèmes Glen de Vries and co-founder of the Earth-observation company Planet Chris Boshuizen.
The two entrepreneurs had unsuccessfully bid for a seat on the previous flight with Bezos, according to The Associated Press, whereas Shatner was invited as a guest.
The NS-18 mission launches 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 had yet to begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT.
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The rocket booster will separate from New Shepard's capsule and return to Earth approximately eight minutes after liftoff.
Much like Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's July 20 flight, the four passengers on the second crewed New Shepard flight will experience four minutes of weightlessness, with the entire journey lasting for just about 10 minutes.
Bezos was on hand at the launch site Wednesday, greeting the passengers before they loaded into the cabin.