William Shatner confirms he will go into space on Blue Origin rocket

William Shatner, who played Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek, has confirmed that he will go to space this month at the age of 90, thereby becoming the oldest person ever to escape the confines of Earth.

Shatner will take a seat on Blue Origin’s second launch from west Texas on 12 十月, the space flight company owned by Jeff Bezos 说.

“I’ve heard about space for a long time now,” Shatner said, confirming news long rumoured but thought by some to be a publicity stunt for his new album.

“I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”

Wally Funk, a former test pilot, 曾是 82 when she became the oldest person in space via Blue Origin’s first flight in July.

Bezos was also on the first flight, with his brother and the youngest person to fly in space, Oliver Daemen, 18. Bezos said he had enjoyed “the best day ever”.

This month, Shatner will be accompanied by a former Nasa engineer who founded a nano-satellite company; the co-founder of a software company specializing in clinical research; and a Blue Origin employee.

The flight will last 10 minutes and reach no higher than about 66 英里.

In the emerging and controversial space tourism market, Blue Origin is in competition with SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, 和 Virgin Galactic, owned by Richard Branson.