After a one-day delay due to weather, Blue Origin’s NS-18 mission launched today, with Star Trek’s William Shatner on board.
UPDATE: Shatner is an astronaut
After a couple of brief delays that stopped the countdown, William Shatner launched into space onboard Blue Origin’s second human spaceflight. Blue Origin posted this quick edit of Shatner’s journey to space.
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) October 13, 2021
Here is video of Shatner at Zero G.
The experience had a profound impact on Shatner, who can be seen talking about his time in space immediately after exiting the capsule (via CNN).
Blue Origin has provided a complete replay of their webcast, which started at T-90.
Shatner is go for launch
NS-18 is the 18th flight of the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket and the second with human passengers. It is set to go Wednesday, October 13 from Launch Site One in West Texas. Liftoff is targeted for 9:00 am CT (10:00 am ET / 7:00 am PT). At 90 years old, Shatner will become the oldest person to ever have gone into space.
Joining Shatner is Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations, and two paying passengers, Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries. The flight is expected to last about 11 minutes with the crew reaching an altitude of 60 miles above the Earth. They should experience about four minutes of zero gravity before returning home.
Last night in response to a fan asking if he will take a model of the USS Enterprise into space, Shatner made a callback to his famous “Rocket Man” performance.
My bags are packed (preflight) https://t.co/zgw29RiOlh
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) October 13, 2021
Shatner talks about Kirk going to space
Blue Origin released a video featuring Shatner talking about the adventure into space and how there is a “great deal of curiosity of this fictional character, Captain Kirk, going into space.”
On Monday Shatner and his fellow NS-18 crewmembers did a series of interviews talking about the upcoming flight. You can see an example from CNN below.
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