Blue Origin Successfully Sends William Shatner and its Crew to Space and Back

Blue Origin spacecraft

Jeff Bezos owned aerospace company; Blue Origin launched its New Shepard for the 5th time this year with Hollywood actor William Shatner.

Mr. Shatner was joined by Audrey Powers, a Blue Origin vice president, Chris Boshuizen, who co-founded the Earth-imaging satellite company Planet, and Glen de Vries, an executive with the French healthcare software corporation Dassault Systemes.

Shatner famously played Capt. Kirk in “Star Trek” television series has become the oldest person to go space, at 90. The record for the oldest person in space was previously held by – Ms. Funk, who at 82 flew on Blue Origin’s first crew in July.

The rocket launched from Blue Origin’s private facility in West Texas climbed to a maximum altitude of above 100km (60 miles). The launch lasted about 10 minutes.

“Everybody in the world needs to do this,” the Canadian actor told Mr. Bezos after landing back on Earth. “It was unbelievable.”

Blue Origin is planning one more flight this year, and more crewed flights planned for 2022.

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