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William Shatner. Photo: Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

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.

Go deeper

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
Oct 26, 2021 - Science

Space industry continues its growth in 2021

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The space industry continued to grow in the third quarter of 2021, according to a new report from the Space Foundation.

Why it matters: The investments will fuel the future of the space industry, which Bank of America says could reach $1.4 trillion by 2030.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.

Biden to Dems: This is my make-or-break moment

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.