William Shatner’s historic flight into space in October has now officially made the Star Trek star an astronaut. This news arrives just in time for the new documentary all about his Blue Origin adventure.
Captain Kirk is officially an astronaut
The US Federal Aviation Administration has officially designated William Shatner as an astronaut. The FAA has recognized Shatner along with 12 others who have flown commercial flights into space, expanding their astronaut list on the official Commercial Human Spaceflight Recognition website.
“The U.S. commercial human spaceflight industry has come a long way from conducting test flights to launching paying customers into space,” FAA Associate Administrator Wayne Monteith said in a statement. “The Astronaut Wings program, created in 2004, served its original purpose to bring additional attention to this exciting endeavor. Now it’s time to offer recognition to a larger group of adventurers daring to go to space.”
Others being added include billionaires Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic, both of whom also flew into space this year.
Shatner in Space out now
Today Amazon Prime Video released Shatner in Space, a one-hour special documentary all about William Shatner’s journey into space. The doc takes you behind the scenes to see how Shatner and Blue Origin prepared for the flight.
Check out the release trailer.
New Shepard launch (Prime Video)Shatner in Space debuts today on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., Canada,UK, Australia, and New Zealand, with additional territories launching in early 2022.
Nimoy honored by Blue Origin
Over the weekend Blue Origin sent up their follow-up commercial human spaceflight mission into space and once again Star Trek was part of the journey. The family of Leonard Nimoy provided Blue Origin with a special necklace and pendant bearing the Star Trek’s stars iconic Vulcan salute.
Today, a one-of-a-kind pendant paying tribute to Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy will be on board. It represents a message he strongly believed in, that each of us lives a long and healthy life, with a vision of the future for peace, tolerance and unity. pic.twitter.com/NCEcCsFETY
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) December 11, 2021
Speaking to Space.com, Julie Nimoy said:
There’s no question that dad was extremely proud of the fact that he inspired generations of astronauts, scientists and engineers towards careers in space technology and exploration. I’m certain he would have used this opportunity to spread an enduring message of hope and inspiration for all to Live Long and Prosper.
The necklace was sent into space on December 11 on board Blue Origin’s NS-19 mission along with Laura Shepard Churchley, the 75-year-old daughter of Alan Shepard, the first NASA astronaut and namesake for Blue Origin’s New Shepard.
Find more Star Trek documentaries at TrekMovie.com.