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William Shatner’s space trek is turning up a spotlight on Blue Origin’s highs and lows

11 Oct 2021, 19:34 UTC
William Shatner’s space trek is turning up a spotlight on Blue Origin’s highs and lows
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Future suborbital spacefliers Audrey Powers, William Shatner, Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries pose in front of Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship. (Blue Origin Photo via Instagram)
Star Trek captain William Shatner’s scheduled suborbital space trip is bringing a renewed flood of attention to Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture — but like a movie reboot, the storyline is more complex the second time around.
Three months after Bezos took a seat on his company’s first-ever crewed spaceflight, Shatner’s celebrity is sparking a string of feel-good interviews, with his three fellow fliers playing supporting roles. Tech entrepreneurs Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries are paying undisclosed fares. Like Shatner, Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president for New Shepard mission and flight operations, is flying for free.
The foursome are scheduled to lift off from Launch Site One in West Texas at 9 a.m. CT (7 a.m. PT) Wednesday, aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital spaceship. They’re in the midst of a couple of days of pre-launch training, documented on this morning’s network news shows.
Most of the interviews touched upon the one-day delay in the flight due to a forecast of unacceptable winds for Tuesday, but during the CBS interview, ...

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