Star Trek’s William Shatner, 90 set to become ‘oldest man in space’ today

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' private spaceflight company Blue Origin will launch its second-ever crewed mission to space today, Wednesday, October 13.

One of the passengers aboard the space company's New Shephard spacecraft will be Star Trek actor William Shatner, who at 90 years old, will become the oldest person ever to travel to space.

Captain Kirk himself will experience several minutes of weightlessness, as well as an incredible view of Earth.

Speaking about the upcoming space launch, Shatner said: "I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle."

The Canadian actor will be joined by Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations and crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries.

When is the Blue Origin launch time?

Blue Origin will blast off to space on Wednesday, October 13. Lift-off is scheduled for 8.30am Central Daylight Time CDT), which is 2.30pm British Summer Time (BST).

Blue Origin was due to launch on Tuesday but said on Sunday it would push back its target launch to Wednesday.

The company said in a statement: "Due to forecasted winds on Tuesday, October 12, Blue Origin’s mission operations team has made the decision to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, October 13.

"As part of today’s flight readiness review, the mission operations team confirmed the vehicle has met all mission requirements and astronauts began their training today. Weather is the only gating factor for the launch window."

The 11-minute flight will carry Shatner and his cremates above the 62-mile Kármán line, an internationally recognised boundary of space.

How to watch the Blue origin space launch

Luckily, you'll be able to watch the Blue Origin launch online.

It will be streamed on the Blue Origin website, with coverage kicking off 90 minutes before launch, or directly via the company's YouTube page.

Who is going with William Shatner to space?

Shatner will be part of a four-person crew aboard the suborbital NS-18 mission.

Also flying is Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations.

Ahead of the flight, she said: "I’m so proud and humbled to fly on behalf of Team Blue, and I’m excited to continue writing Blue’s human spaceflight history."

Also going to space is a former NASA engineer and tech entrepreneur Chris Boshuizen and the founder of a clinical trials software company Glen de Vries.

Ahead of the launch, de Vries said: "Space technology is going to be a way to help us continue to thrive on Earth by reaching beyond it."

Speaking at Comic-Con in New York last week, he said: "I’m thinking, ‘I’m going up in a rocket and our best guess is it should be fine.

"I’m terrified. I’m Captain Kirk and I’m terrified. I’m not really terrified – yes I am… It comes and goes like a summer cold. I’m planning on putting my nose against the window [once I’m in space], and my only hope is I won’t see someone else looking back."

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