He is 90 years old. However, William Shatner, a Canadian citizen, did not have the slightest desire to travel to space. The actor made his way to space from Texas on Wednesday from Blue Origin, the space travel company of US billionaire Jeff Bezos.
William Shatner rose to fame by starring in the Star Trek series as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise. This time, if the 11-minute journey is successfully completed, he will be the world’s oldest astronaut.
According to the BBC, Blue Origin’s Rocket New Shepard will have three more passengers on board the second space shuttle. According to Blue Origin, Audrey Powers, vice president of the company’s mission and flight operations division, and William Shatner, a former NASA engineer, have partnered in space travel.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became a passenger on New Shepard’s first spaceflight last July. Among them was his younger brother Mark Bezos. Mark, 53, is senior vice president at Robin Hood, a New York-based charity. Also, the world’s first pilot, Marie Wallech, 62, better known as Wally Funk, and Oliver Damen, the 16-year-old son of Joyce Damen, CEO of a private equity investment firm in the Netherlands. Wally Funk was the oldest astronaut in so many days. This time Shatner will overtake him.
Shatner said he thinks the hardest part of the flight is getting up from the seat and getting out of there. However, this spacecraft has been specially designed to experience weightlessness. Earlier, the space shuttle was supposed to start last Tuesday. But one day it was delayed due to wind.
According to the British media Guardian, the space tourism competition has started between technology entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space agency SpaceX and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. Blue Origin’s Rocket New Shepard is designed with a new market for space travel in mind. Alan Shepard took the capsule to space a total of 16 times.