He could end up as the oldest man in space. William Shatner could reportedly be one of the passengers and for once, Captain James T. Kirk will not be at the controls of USS Enterprise. This time it will be a real journey aboard Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ enterprise into space.
William Shatner could be part of the second crew blasting off into space inside the New Shepard capsule. Jeff Bezos and his brother, Mark, along with 82-year-old Wally Funk, space pioneering pilot and the oldest man in space, and Dutch student Oliver Daemen, 18, the youngest person in space, were part of the inaugural flight.
The inaugural flight of Blue Origin took off with Jeff Bezos among the passengers. They spent a few minutes in zero gravity. Bezos is in a race with Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic to capture the nascent space tourism market that could be worth as much as $3 billion by the end of this decade.
William Shatner Could Be The Oldest Person In Space
William Shatner could be aboard the 15-minute flight that might take off in October. The mission will be entirely filmed as a documentary. Shatner had in the past expressed his desire to be part of a real space flight. He had even shared a picture of him in a spacesuit and had tweeted NASA for permission to join the SpaceX mission to the International Space Station.
Jeff Bezos’ inaugural flight had one seat that went for $28 million. The flight went beyond the Karman Line, an altitude of 100 kilometers (62.14 miles), considered to be the edge of space.
They floated in zero gravity, seen in a video shared by the entrepreneur. He thanked Amazon customers and employees for making his trip possible.
But he had to face a backlash as people railed against funding a private space trip by a billionaire.