Blue Origin takes this Wednesday (13) actor William Shatner, Captain Kirk of Star Trek, on a 10-minute space trip. With that, Shatner will surpass astronaut Wally Funk and become the oldest person to travel to space: 90 years.
The company of billionaire and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took a similar trip in July and is seeking technological development for space tourism. The billionaires’ space race is played with SpaceX, by Elon Musk, and also with Virgin Galactic, by Richard Branson.
Blue Origin’s mission, with the autonomous rocket New Shepard, will go beyond the Kármán Line, 100 km above sea level, considered the boundary between Earth and space.
“I’m going to see the vastness of space and the extraordinary miracle of our Earth and how fragile it is compared to the forces at work in the universe,” Shatner told NBC. “I’m thrilled and anxious, and a little nervous and scared, about this new adventure.”
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