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Captain Kirk Boldly Goes
News Bytes 10/5/2021 18 Comments

Celebrated television actor William Shatner plans to zoom into space this month. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, announced yesterday that Shatner will blast off from West Texas on October 12. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of the charming and headstrong—if also melodramatic—Captain James T. Kirk on the television series Star Trek. The actor will boldly go where no other sci-fi actors—or nonagenarians for that matter—have gone.

At age 90, Shatner will become the oldest person in space. He will join three other space travelers aboard a Blue Origin capsule. Two of them will be paying customers. The launch will be the company’s second ever with a crew.

Bezos was on Blue Origin’s debut flight in July. He traveled with his brother and the youngest and oldest persons to fly in space. Shatner will break that upper threshold by about eight years. (See 18-, 82-year-olds Head to Space.)

Also flying with Shatner on the Starship Enterprise—er, Blue Origin spaceship: a former NASA engineer who founded a nanosatellite company; the co-founder of a software company specializing in clinical research; and a Blue Origin employee.

“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” Shatner said in a statement.

The psalmist David agreed that God’s creation is miraculous! He says, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the Moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

Blue Origin’s up-and-down space hop will last just 10 minutes and reach no higher than about 66 miles. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the definition of space involves a boundary 62 miles above sea level known as the Kármán Line.

So while he won’t be realizing Star Trek’s stated mission to “explore strange new worlds or seek out new life and new civilizations” on this trip, Shatner will enter space, the “final frontier.”

(Actor William Shatner takes questions from reporters after a commencement address at New England Institute of Technology graduation. AP/Steven Senne)

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1st Comment!!!!!!

This is cool! But sending a Star Trek guy? Lol. You know, I probably shouldn't be posting this early, since I'm still a bit sleepy... hmm..

@ Caroline N

Yup they are sending the Star Trek guy. The only thing that could make this funnier if it was the guy who played Han Solo.

3rd Comment

that's cool.
@Jonathan why is it funny?

Ranen's brother/Micah

This is cool I guess, just never watches Star Trek. 4TH COMMENT!!!!!!!!

GRAMMAR MISTAKE

SORRY (just never watched)

@Star trek people on holo deck

My dad watched Star Trek when he was little

han solo goes solo

han solo goes solo

:)

I also have never wached or wanted to watch star trek but that's cool for that guy

Random Fun Fact

The hydrochloric acid found in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve a nail. (Please don’t try it!)

10th Comment

Cool

@ Belwyn R

1 your name is not a word [yes random[I'm sorry if this hurt your feelings]]
2 3 Rings for the Elven Lords under the sky,
7 for the Dwarf-Lords in their halls of stone,
9 for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the land of Mordor where the shadow lies,
One Ring to rule them all, one Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them,
In the land of Mordor where the shadow lies.

[it is not recognized as a

[it is not recognized as a word on Word]

READ ARTICLE Romans fight

READ ARTICLE Romans fight back against an invasion of wild boars in the old city.
maybe this is Boar Doom

What?!?!

This is probably the craiseist person I know (p.s. I suck at spelling)

:)

@Jonathan, Belwyn is two names, smashed together. If they want to tell you what their names are, they can. Just a heads up. :) P.S. Maybe stop posting the One Ring thing.. ok? I'm just ignoring it, but I think some people are getting annoyed.

@ Jonathan

yes i am getting SUPER annoyed with the three rings thing. PLEASE STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@ Everyone

My Mom watched Star Trek. She says when I am older she will let me watch it. Mom loves star trek.

My dad and uncle love star

My dad and uncle love star trek. i haven't watched them either, but my dad said we'll start soon. still, that could be in a couple years knowing him...

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