Monday, October 25, 2021

Blue Origin sends William Shatner into space

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Blue Origin sent William Shatner into space aboard his New Shepard NS-18 missile.

The 90 year old Star Trek The actor became the oldest person to ever travel to space, overtaking 82-year-old Wally Funk, who took part in Blue Origin’s first manned flight in July.

The take-off was delayed several times due to the windy weather at Blue Origin’s facility in West Texas, but finally took off at around 9:50 a.m. local time.

follow The independents Live coverage of the launch of Blue Origin

Shatner was joined by Audrey Powers, vice president of missions and operations at Blue Origin, Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer, and Glen de Vries, the co-founder of software company Medidata.

The rocket reached an altitude of about 100 km so that passengers could see the curvature of the earth and experience microgravity. The total flight time is only 11 minutes.

Blue Origin is one of three companies driving a new era in space tourism, with SpaceX and Virgin Galactic also sending civilians into space in recent months.

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