Meet William Shatner's real-life space crew for Blue Origin's launch

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The original "Star Trek" captain, a Blue Origin vice-president, a co-founder of Planet Labs and a co-founder of a medical research platform will all rocket to space on a Blue Origin flight.
The original "Star Trek" captain, a Blue Origin vice-president, a co-founder of Planet Labs and a co-founder of a medical research platform will all rocket to space on a Blue Origin flight no earlier than Oct. 12.

Actor William Shatner who is best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in "Star Trek: The Original Series," that premiered in 1966, now 90, will fly to the real final frontier with Blue Origin's upcoming crewed spaceflight aboard the company's New Shepard spacecraft.

This will be the second-ever crewed spaceflight for Blue Origin after its inaugural crewed flight launched founder Jeff Bezos and three other passengers on a 10-minute trip to space and back on July 20 , will stream live on BlueOrigin.com , starting 90 minutes before launch.

Liftoff is currently targeted for 8:30 am local time (9:30 a.m. EDT or 13:30 GMT) from Launch Site One in West Texas. That said, the Federal Aviation Administration may launch a review concerning Blue Origin's safety and culture practices after criticisms emerged in media reports a few days ago.

Live updates: Follow William Shatner's Blue Origin launch here

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William Shatner will launch to space with an upcoming Blue Origin suborbital mission on Oct. 12, 2021. (Image credit: Blue Origin/Gary Marschka)

Shatner has been acting for 60 years and, in addition to his "Star Trek" fame, is known for singing and for his accomplishments in horsemanship.

In his most famous role as Capt. Kirk in "Star Trek," he has made seven appearances on the big screen in feature films on top of three seasons on network television. At age 90, Shatner will be the oldest person to reach space, beating the record set by 82-year-old aviator and Mercury 13 member Wally Funk who set her record as part of Blue Origin's debut flight in July. (The oldest person to reach orbit remains 77-year-old John Glenn, a…
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