William Shatner Takes Off To Space Today Boarding His Blue Origin


Canadian producer,screenwriter,singer and actor William Shatner who is best known for his role in the original “Star Trek”series and the first six films in the "Star Trek" movie franchise, is set to take flight on a New Shepard rocket from Blue Origin's West Texas launch site.

This is just the beginning, but how miraculous that beginning is. How extraordinary it is to be part of that beginning," William said in a Blue Origin video posted on the eve of his flight. "It looks like there’s a great deal of curiosity about this fictional character, Captain Kirk, going into space. So let’s go along with it and enjoy the ride."

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Boarding the Blue Origin with Shatner,are the Vice President of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, a former NASA engineer and technology entrepreneur Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries founder of a clinical trials software company.

Shortly, the group blasted off from the West Texas desert, reaching space and returning to Earth in a smooth parachute landing. 

 Jeff Bezos said the best day for him was  after touchdown, greeted by a sea of cheering Blue Origin employees and others at the company's space.

This was 16th flight for New Shepard, the 60-foot rocket designed primarily for space tourism, but the first to include people. Bezos said Blue Origin plans two more flights this year, and sales of private seats on his flights are approaching $100 million. 

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