William Shatner becomes the oldest person in space with Blue Origin’s second tourist flight

William Shatner becomes the oldest person in space with Blue Origin's second tourist flight
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Blue Origin is making one after the other to the space race and this time it is none other than actor William Shatner. Soaring aboard a Blue Origin rocketship on a suborbital trip, he landed in the Texas desert Wednesday.

At the age of 90, he becomes the oldest person ever in space. This was Blue Origin‘s second tourist flight.

Shatner became one of the four passengers to journey to the edge of space aboard the fully autonomous 60-foot-tall New Shepard spacecraft.

The four astronauts experienced weightlessness for about three to four minutes.

They traveled above the internationally recognized boundary of space known as the Karman Line.

This flight represents an important day for the nascent space tourism industry.

However, the launch was scheduled for October 12, but it got postponed due to winds. William Shatner turned 90 in March. He has been acting since the 1950s.

He is best known for starring as Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise on Star Trek. This was the fifth New Shepard flight this year in 2021. It makes the greatest number of flights of the suborbital vehicle the Blue Origin has performed in a single year.


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