Star Trek’s Captain Kirk blasted off into space Wednesday morning aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spacecraft — boldly going where no other sci-fi actors have gone.
Jeff Bezos‘ space travel company, Blue Origin, carried Canadian actor William Shatner, who at the age of 90, became the oldest person in space. He was joined by three others — two of them paying customers — aboard a Blue Origin capsule. It was the company’s second launch with a crew.
0:00 Astronauts leave Training Center for launchpad
1:40:14 New Shepard booster lands
1:41:11 New Shepard crew capsule lands
1:51:11 Hatch opens
1:55:09 Jeff Bezos welcomes Shatner back to Earth
Bezos was on the debut flight in July, along with his brother and the youngest and oldest people to ever fly in space. Shatner will break that upper threshold by six years.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the 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; the 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 higher than about 66 miles (106 kilometers).
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