Shatner, best known for playing Captain Kirk in “Star Trek,” will set off on his real journey in October. He’s set to break the record recently set by pioneering aviator Wally Funk, who was 82 when she joined Bezos at Blue Origin’s first launch – 60 years after being denied the opportunity to do so. with NASA because she was a woman.
Before Funk, the record was held by John Glenn, who reached space at age 77, nearly four decades after becoming the first American to orbit the Earth.
Shatner will not technically be an astronaut. The Federal Aviation Administration issued new guidelines immediately after Bezos’ first flight, changing the rules so that only those who “demonstrate activities during the flight that were essential to public safety or that contributed to the safety of aircraft. manned space flights ”get their official astronaut wings.
The other three people who will join Shatner have not been named. An official announcement is expected on Monday.
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