Legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner will boldly go where no 90-year-old has gone when he joins the crew of Jeff Bezos’ upcoming Blue Origin space flight.
Shatner, who played James T. Kirk in the classic TV series and subsequent films, will take off in the New Shepard capsule in October for a 15-minute civilian flight, according to TMZ. The exact date has not been revealed.
The Blue Origin theft will be recorded for a documentary which was rejected by Discovery and is now being negotiated by Shatner’s team elsewhere.
DailyMail.com has contacted management at Shatner and Blue Origin. Neither could confirm the report.
Actor William Shatner, 90, set to become oldest man ever in space aboard Jeff Bezos’ second civilian flight for Blue Origin company
Bezos launched his first civilian Blue Origin flight on July 20 when he boarded the spacecraft with his brother, Mark Bezos, Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen and test pilot Wally Funk.
Funk, became the oldest person to ever fly in space at 82, a record Shatner is now set to break.
Daemen’s father, Joes Daemen, who founded private equity firm Somerset Capital Partners, bought Oliver’s seat on the flight for more than $ 20 million at auction.
At 18, he became the youngest person, the first teenager and the first person born in the 21st century to travel in space.
It is believed that the actor’s place on board the spaceship is compensated. His fellow civilian astronauts have yet to be named.
Blue Origin New Shepard launch slated for next month
Bezos launched into space in July as part of Blue Origin’s first civilian launch
Shatner, right, played Captain Kirk in the 1960s cult classic Star Trek: The Original Series
Shatner commented on Bezos’ space launch and the recent billionaire space race to start space tourism.
“I know there is a point to be made about popularizing space travel, and I have spoken to many space travelers who are excited to go to Mars,” he told NBC.
The actor mentioned Bezos’ mission to Mars but called it “ridiculous.”
“It takes a year and a half to get there. People will think it is as if we are traveling on a cruise line. Anybody! You are weightless and it’s hotter than hell and the air is putrid. “Help me, I’m dying, but I’m dying slowly!” What a terrible fate.
He also noted the danger of space travel.
“If you basically have a flat tire in space, that means you’re going to die. It seems to me that you are more likely to die there than on the Hollywood Freeway.
But Shatner ended by discussing his perspective on morality.
“You know, at my age you are constantly aware of mortality. Anytime, ‘Oh, I’m a little dizzy. Am I dying? ‘ This is an interesting question.
Shatner has been criticized for his recent partnership with RT America for his science-themed talk show, I Don’t Understand.
US intelligence agencies have described the Kremlin-backed channel, which is registered with the federal government as a “foreign agent” as “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine.”