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William Shatner set for a brief trip to the final frontier

6 Oct 2021, 17:45 UTC
William Shatner set for a brief trip to the final frontier
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William Shatner is given a tour of Blue Origin’s launch facility in West Texas. Credit: Blue Origin
Blue Origin is set to perform its second human spaceflight later this month, and it’s expected to send a famous TV icon on a brief trip into the final frontier.
On Oct. 12, 2021, Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin is scheduled to send an all-private-citizen crew on a suborbital spaceflight trajectory via its New Shepard spacecraft.
William Shatner, a Canadian-born actor famous for his role in the television series “Star Trek,” is set to join Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen, Medidata co-founder Glen de Vries and Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations Audrey Powers.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now,” Shatner said in a press release. “I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”
An illustration of the mission profile of a typical New Shepard launch. Credit: Blue Origin
Launching from Van Horne, Texas, rocket will carry the crew inside a capsule beyond 100 kilometers in altitude, the internationally-recognized “boundary” of space, allowing the group to float in microgravity and see the curvature of Earth for a few minutes before returning to ...

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