Blue Origin announced this Sunday (10) the postponement of the flight that will take actor William Shatner to space due to the forecast of strong winds.
Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the cult classic “Star Trek,” will become the first cast member of the iconic show to travel to the Final Frontier as a guest aboard a Blue Origin rocket.
The flight was scheduled for October 12th, but “due to forecasted winds for that day, Blue Origin’s mission operations team decided to postpone the launch of the NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, October 13th.” informed the company in a statement.
Shatner – who at 90 will be the oldest person to travel to space – and the crew of the NS-18 rocket will go beyond the Karman line, at an altitude of 100 kilometers, where they will experience four minutes of weightlessness and contemplate the curvature of the planet.
Blue Origin’s decision to invite one of sci-fi’s best-known characters to its second manned flight is aimed at maintaining the excitement around the fledgling space tourism industry.
For fans, the 10-minute journey from a West Texas base back to Earth will be a fitting ending to a pop culture phenomenon that has inspired generations of astronauts.
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