William Shatner Will Make A Trek To Space Aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Rocket Ship
William Shatner is going to space — in real life this time.
The actor, known for playing the role of Captain Kirk on Star Trek, will be following in the footsteps of his on-screen character by taking an actual trip into the beyond, according to reports from TMZ.
The 90-year-old icon will be launched into space, and he’ll be taking none other than Jeff Bezos’ sweet ride, The New Shepard, as his means of transportation.
Shatner will ride aboard the rocket ship made by Bezos’ space company Blue Origin, where he will make history as the oldest person ever to travel to space.
The outlet reported that Shatner’s 15-minute civilian flight will take place in October, although it’s unclear who will be joining him on the trek.
It won’t be the first time Bezos’ ship has been taken for a spin, as the Amazon founder soared to new heights on his trip to space back in July.
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“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” the billionaire said on Instagram back in June when he announced the news of his first flight. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
“To see the earth from space, it changes you,” he said at the time. “It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity.”
“I want to go on this flight because it’s the thing I’ve always wanted to do my whole life. It’s an adventure, it’s a big deal for me,” he added.
Bezos and his crew — which included his brother Mark Bezos, test pilot Wally Funk and recent high school graduate Oliver Daemen — reached an altitude of 66.5 miles during their journey.
Daemen’s father won the ticket for his son at an auction, where he reportedly paid $20 million dollars for his son’s seat on the ship’s first ever flight, and the money was donated to Blue Origin’s Club for the Future foundation.
It is unclear whether or not Shatner will be comped or if he will have to pay a price for his ticket.