William Shatner, 90, going to space on next Blue Origin flight
Actor William Shatner will be launched to space in the upcoming Blue Origin tourist spaceflight, the company announced on Monday.
Why it matters: The 90-year-old actor, best known for playing Captain Kirk in the television series "Star Trek," will become the oldest person to fly to space.
- He will break the record 82-year-old Wally Funk set during Blue Origin's first human flight in July.
What they're saying: "I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle," Shatner said in a statement.
State of play: Besides Shatner, Blue Origin will also be sending Audrey Powers, the company's vice president of mission and flight operations, along with two other crew members, Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata co-founder Glen de Vries.
What's next: The launch is scheduled to take place next week on Oct. 12 and will take 11 minutes.