William Shatner is officially space-bound. Shatner, the 90-year-old actor who plate Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise in the Star Trek: The Original Series and seven subsequent films, will board the New Shepard NS-18’s crew for its October 12th launch. Blue Origin confirmed Shatner’s involvement today after rumors began circulating last week, as well as that of Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations. They join Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries as the ship’s crew. Shatner has previously expressed some interest in space travel, though he imagined flying alongside Elon Musk.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” Shatner says in a press release.
Two incredible and inspirational people will join the #NS18 crew. Actor @WilliamShatner and Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations Audrey Powers @AudreyKPowers. pic.twitter.com/xqI9nw1KX8