William Shatner Will Boldly Go to Space in a Blue Origin Flight Next Week

Captain Kirk will enter the final frontier.

William Shatner finally gets to follow in the footsteps of his flagship Star Trek character, Captain Kirk. 55 years after first capturing the attention of TV audiences everywhere with his adventures in space, Shatner will get to experience the real thing. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space travel company revealed they're sending Shatner to space as part of a tourism flight that'll include three other passengers on October 12.

At 90 years old, Shatner will become the oldest astronaut in history and will only narrowly miss out on becoming the first actor in space (Russian actress Yulia Peresild will head to the International Space Station for filming for Challenge).

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