William Shatner Is Taking Jeff Bezos' Rocket to Space

The real-life Captain Kirk will boldly go where several billionaires have gone before

BY Allie GregoryPublished Sep 24, 2021

Just days after being a really bad sport online about everyone's Captain Kirk impressions, the real-life Star Trek leader William Shatner has booked his first trip to space — aboard the successor to Jeffrey Bezos' Blue Origin spacecraft, the New Shepard.

As TMZ reports, the 90-year-old Canadian television star and musician will make his 15-minute spaceflight sometime in October. On his historic voyage, Shatner will break a world record as the oldest person to ever travel to space — beating the record previously held by 82-year-old Mary "Wally" Funk, who rode the big Blue in July.

Of course, Shatner's record hardly lives up to the Star Trek tagline, to "boldly go where no man has gone before," as evidenced by the several billionaire-led commercial flights that dominated the news this year. The Blue Origin itself broke the internet after its dong-shaped silhouette made its public debut back in June.

Shatner's flight will mark the second commercial trip aboard one of the Amazon billionaire's rockets, following Bezos' own inaugural launch, where he was joined by his brother, Mark Bezos, as well as Mrs. Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen.

So far, it's unreported who will join Shatner on his space voyage. Maybe Patrick Stewart?

Bon voyage!

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