Star Trek legend William Shatner has become the oldest man to ever visit space today, as he and three others ventured to the cosmos with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.

The suborbital launch sees Shatner travel to the stratosphere in zero gravity for around 11 minutes. He is joined by wealthy paying customer Glen De Vries, former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, and Blue Origin Vice President Audrey Power.

The rocket is piloted remotely from Earth with most of the journey automated, so luckily Shatner doesn’t need to call Star Trek mechanic Scotty.

The shuttle has a number of important safety features, including a capsule escape function to break the crew free in case anything goes wrong.

Shatner and the crew embarked on the voyage with just a few days of training, which focused on how to move in zero gravity and venture around inside the suborbital shuttle.

LOS ANGELES - APRIL 6: From left: Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Nyota Uhura, Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES episode, "The City on the Edge of Forever." Original air date, April 6, 1967. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
William Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek alongside Leonard Nimoy

William Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series alongside Leonard Nimoy as Spock.

During a panel at last week’s New York Comic Con, Shatner—who will be the 5,97th person in space—admitted he was nervous to fly.

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William Shatner aboard the New Shepard rocket

“I’m terrified,” Shatner said. “I know!… I’m Captain bloody Kirk and I’m terrified!”

In a video prior to launch, the Star Trek star also shared his thoughts about the trip.

“There is this mystique of being in space and that much closer to the stars and being weightless. I shall be entranced by the view of space,” Shatner said.

The crew of today's Blue Origin spaceflight. Right to left: Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, William Shatner and Chris Boshuizen.
The crew of today’s Blue Origin spaceflight. Right to left: Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, William Shatner and Chris Boshuizen.

“I want to look at that orb and appreciate its beauty and its tenacity, that’s sustaining this life of ours.”

He added: “Having played the role of Captain Kirk people assign me the knowledge that a futuristic space captain would have, but I’ve always been filled with curiosity.”

The New Shepard NS-18 flight was originally scheduled for Tuesday October 12th but was pushed back by one day due to poor weather conditions.

William Shatner boards the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket
William Shatner boards the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket

Shatner’s trip will be the second manned spaceflight for Blue Origin’s New Shepard.

This July, on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, New Shepard’s maiden voyage saw Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark travel to space for around eleven minutes along with a wealthy Dutch teenager named Oliver Daemen.

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The Blue Shepard rocket takes off and lands vertically, meaning it is reusable

They were joined by legendary aviator Wally Funk, who at 82 was the previous record holder for the oldest person in space—until William Shatner overtook her today.





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