William Shatner to blast off on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

  • Famed Star Trek actor, 90, set for real-life leap into the stars
  • Amazon owner Bezos bids to dominate space tourism industry

William Shatner, the veteran actor who spent four decades playing the fearless commander of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, is set for a real-life leap into the stars early on Wednesday on the next stage of billionaire Jeff Bezos’s quest to dominate the fledgling space tourism industry.

The successful completion of the 11-minute flight alongside three civilian crew mates, with lift-off of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket scheduled for 8.30am CT (2.30pm BST) from its Van Horn, Texas, launchpad, would make Shatner, 90, the oldest human to fly into space.

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