Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket soars spaceward with William Shatner and three others on the company’s second human spaceflight. Credit: Blue Origin
Boldly going where fewer than 600 people have gone before, William Shatner of Star Trek fame, as well as three others, flew into space on Blue Origin’s second suborbital human spaceflight.
The flight, dubbed NS-18, is the 18th flight of the New Shepard rocket system and Blue Origin’s second human spaceflight. Liftoff occurred at 9:50 a.m. CDT (14:50 UTC) Oct. 13, 2021, from the company’s West Texas launch site north of Van Horn.
Shatner is best known for his role as “Captain James T. Kirk” in the Star Trek franchise, which is this year celebrating the 55th anniversary of its first episode. Shatner starred in the original series between 1966 and 1969 as well as in seven Star Trek movies between 1979 and 1994.
The NS-18 crew photo. From left to right: Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries. Credit: Blue Origin
Aboard with 90-year-old Shatner for the roughly 10-minute flight were Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs; Glen de Vries, co-founder of Medidata; and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice ...