(TargetLiberty.org) – Captain Kirk may have boldly gone where no man has gone before aboard the USS Enterprise, but William Shatner – the actor who played Kirk in three seasons of Star Trek and seven movies – is finding it frustratingly difficult to leave Earth.
In 2020, the Canadian actor started thinking about taking a commercial space flight. Finally, last week he revealed that on Tuesday he would be launching on Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-18 suborbital mission. Unfortunately, on October 10, the company – which is owned by Amazon founder Jezz Bezos – announced that due to forecasts of bad weather at its West Texas launch site, the flight would be delayed. Now it’s planned to launch on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. CDT.
"I want to press my nose up against the plastic window. What I don't want to see is somebody else out there looking back at me."
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 7, 2021
At 90, Shatner will be the oldest person to go into space. The flight will last around 10 minutes and reach an altitude of 62 miles – not quite the 5-year voyage of Kirk’s famous starship, but apparently quite enough for Shatner. “I’m terrified,” he said. “I’m Captain Kirk and I’m terrified.”
Shatner says his biggest fear is looking out the window once he’s in space and seeing someone looking back at him. We can sympathize.
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