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Ready to boldly go? William Shatner, 90, 'is going into SPACE with Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin': Legendary Star Trek actor would become the oldest person EVER in space

Shatner, right, starred at Captain Kirk in the 1960's cult classic Star Trek: The Original Series

Legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner will boldly go where no 90-year-old has ever been when he joins the crew on the next spaceflight by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin. 

Shatner, who played James T. Kirk on the classic TV show and subsequent movies, will take off in the New Shepard capsule in October for a 15-minute civilian flight, according to TMZ. The exact date has not been revealed.

The Blue Origin flight will be recorded for a documentary that was rejected by Discovery and is now being negotiated by Shatner's team somewhere else.  

Shatner's management and Blue Origin. Neither could confirm the report.  

Actor William Shatner, 90, is set to become the oldest man ever in space aboard the second civilian flight from Jeff Bezos' company Blue Origin

Actor William Shatner, 90, is set to become the oldest man ever in space aboard the second civilian flight from Jeff Bezos' company Blue Origin

Bezos launched his first Blue Origin civilian flight on July 20 when he boarded the spacecraft with his brother, Mark Bezos, Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen, and test pilot, Wally Funk. 

Funk, became the oldest person to ever fly to space at 82 years old, a record that Shatner is now set to beat.  

Daemen's father, Joes Daemen, who founded private equity firm Somerset Capital Partners, bought Oliver's seat aboard the flight for over $20 million at auction. 

At 18 years old, he became the youngest person, first teenager, and first person born in the 21st century to travel to space. 

It is believed that the actor's spot aboard the spaceship is being comped. His fellow civilian astronauts have not yet been named. 

The Blue Origin New Shepard is scheduled to launch sometime next month

The Blue Origin New Shepard is scheduled to launch sometime next month 

Bezos launched into space in July as part of Blue Origin's first civilian launch

Bezos launched into space in July as part of Blue Origin's first civilian launch 

Shatner, right, starred at Captain Kirk in the 1960's cult classic Star Trek: The Original Series

Shatner, right, starred at Captain Kirk in the 1960's cult classic Star Trek: The Original Series

Shatner commented on Bezos' space launch and the recent billionaire space race to begin space tourism. 

'I know there is an argument to be made about popularizing space travel, and I've talked to a lot of travelers to space who are excited to get to Mars,' he told NBC.   

The actor mentioned Bezos' mission to Mars but called it 'ridiculous.' 

'It takes a year and a half to get there. People will think it's like we're on a trip, on a cruise line. No, man! You're in zero gravity and it's hotter than hell and the air is putrid. 'Help me, I'm dying, but I'm dying slowly!' What a terrible fate.'

He also noted the danger of space travel.

'If you basically have a flat tire in space, it means you die. It seems to me you're more likely to die there than on the Hollywood Freeway.'

But Shatner ended discussing his perspective on morality.

'You know, at my age, you're constantly aware of mortality. Any moment of, 'Oh, I'm a little dizzy. Am I dying?' It's an interesting question.' 

Shatner has been criticized for his recent partnership with RT America for his science-themed talk show, I Don't Understand. 

US intelligence agencies have described the Kremlin-backed channel, which is registered with the federal government as a 'foreign agent' as 'Russia's state-run propaganda machine.' 

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Comment by keven blaq on September 25, 2021 at 11:15pm
Real talk
Comment by Jessy on September 25, 2021 at 1:12pm

I guess at that age, it wouldn't matter because either he'll die up there in space or die down here on earth.  If I was in my 80's or 90's and was offered to fly up to space, I would go because I feel at that age, I would be close to death anyway whether it's up in space or down here in earth, so why not go for it.

Comment by vaughn mitchell on September 25, 2021 at 12:03am
His old ass is going to have a heart attack in space.

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