Today, actor William Shatner will fly on board New Shepard NS-18, joining crewmates Audrey Powers, Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries for the flight which lifts off from Launch Site One today, October 13 at 10 am EDT.
William Shatner’s career as an actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman has spanned 60 years. He originated the role of “Captain James T. Kirk” in 1966 for the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed. He has long wanted to travel to space and will become the oldest person to have flown to space.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” said William Shatner.
This flight follows Blue Origin’s successful first human flight on July 20 which included Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and Blue Origin’s first customer, Oliver Daemen. Here is a recap of their historic mission to space.
Also on board NS-18 will be thousands of postcards from Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future.