‘Star Trek’ Star William Shatner Lifts Off Into Space – And Returns To Earth Safely
Star Trek star William Shatner headed into space on Wednesday morning – and returned to Earth safely a few minutes later.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the flight took off without a hitch after a weather delay.
“As part of today’s Flight Readiness Review, the mission operations team confirmed the vehicle has met all mission requirements and astronauts began their training today,” Blue Origin said. “Weather is the only gating factor for the launch window.”
Seventy-five m.p.h. winds were seen in the launch area for Tuesday made it too dangerous to proceed.
Shatner has been to space many times during his time on the hit television show Star Trek, but this marks the first time the actor has made the trip off set. He is also the oldest person to ever go to space at the age of 90.
Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations; Glen de Vries, a co-founder of medical research platform Medidata; and Chris Boshuizen, a tech entrepreneur joined Shatner on his flight, which lasted just a few minutes.
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