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William Shatner makes history becoming oldest person in space

Star Trek actor, 90, blasts into space on a rocket built by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's company

Actor William Shatner will fly onboard New Shepard NS-18 along with Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations, and crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries, which is scheduled to lift off from Launch Site One in Texas on October 13, 2021. Shatner, who originated the role of "Captain James T. Kirk" in 1966 for the television series Star Trek, has long wanted to travel to space and will become the oldest person to have flown to space. Photo by Blue Origin/UPI Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News
Actor William Shatner will fly onboard New Shepard NS-18 along with Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations, and crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries, which is scheduled to lift off from Launch Site One in Texas on October 13, 2021. Shatner, who originated the role of "Captain James T. Kirk" in 1966 for the television series Star Trek, has long wanted to travel to space and will become the oldest person to have flown to space. Photo by Blue Origin/UPI Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News

Star Trek’s William Shatner has made history as the oldest person in space after blasting off from the Texas desert in a rocket built by Jeff Bezos’s company.

The actor, 90, reached the final frontier on Wednesday, delighting the millions of sci-fi fans who know him as Captain James T Kirk of the USS Enterprise.

Billionaire Amazon founder Mr Bezos was behind Shatner’s trip to the stars through his Blue Origin space travel company.

Shatner and three other passengers lifted off in the fully automated, 60ft tall New Shepard rocket from Van Horn, west Texas, slightly later than planned in order to give experts more time to monitor winds in the area.

According to a live stream of the historic event, Shatner and his fellow passengers reached an altitude of roughly 350,000ft and a velocity of about 2,000mph.

The actor and those on board experienced weightlessness as they reached the fringes of space.

After a trip lasting about 10 minutes, the capsule fell back to Earth with the aid of a parachute.

Shatner and his crewmates, dressed in their striking blue flight suits, rang a silver bell before being strapped into the capsule, with Mr Bezos closing the door behind them.

They were not required to wear helmets, with Blue Origin saying it wanted its passengers to have an unencumbered view of space.

Shatner is best known for playing the indomitable Captain Kirk in the Star Trek franchise.

He appeared in the original TV series in the 1960s and later starred in a series of films and remains inextricably tied to the character in the public imagination.

Shatner is now the oldest person to ever travel to space, breaking the record set in July by 82-year-old Wally Funk.

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