Eyes to the skies, Trekkies because TV icon and fellow Canadian, William Shatner, will boldly go where no sci-fi actor has gone before! Next week, aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Rocket – the 90-year old, best known for playing Captian James T. Kirk on Star Trek, will blast off to space: the final frontier!
“Yes, it’s true; I’m going to be a ‘rocket man!’” Shatner tweeted shortly after the news broke. “It’s never too late to experience new things!”
According to a recent press release, this short trip which will include three additional passengers, a NASA engineer and two paying customers – will not only be a true full-circle moment for the actor – it will also make him the oldest human being to break through to the stratosphere. If that’s not proof that age is just a number, we really don’t know what is!
So now I can say something. Yes, it’s true; I’m going to be a “rocket man!” 😝🤣 https://t.co/B2jFeXrr6L
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) October 4, 2021
So why exactly is our commander and Canuck headed upwards?
Well, apparently, Bezos (founder of Amazon) is just a huge fan of the series that made Will internationally known and asked him to go as his guest.
We can’t even imagine how that conversation must have gone, but the answer was undoubtedly a yes!
“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.
By comparison, his flight will only last around 10 minutes – shooting north and reaching about 106 km before safely parachuting back to the ground, not far from where it’s expected to take off in Texas.
This will be Blue Origins’ second trip since its debut flight on the 20th of July, but while it may feel like just another casually intergalactic trip for the billionaire – it will be the coolest for us on the ground…. especially for those in Canada.