SCI 'Beam Me Up, Scotty': William Shatner to Actually Go Into Space

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'Beam Me Up, Scotty': William Shatner to Actually Go Into Space

By Nick Arama | Sep 25, 2021 3:00 PM ET

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Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship…Enterprise. Its five year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Star Trek Original Series Intro

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdjL8WXjlGI

57 seconds

We know William Shatner, famously, for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the “Star Trek” TV show and movie franchise. But now, it looks like he’s finally going to be able to explore that “final frontier.”

Shatner will actually be going into space sometime in October. The actor, who is now 90 years old, will blast into space aboard Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, according to the NY Post.

View: https://twitter.com/nypost/status/1441465840935735298?s=20


It’s not clear who’s paying for his ride — and it costs a ton of money.

From Daily Beast:
It’s unknown who else will be aboard the mission, and it’s unclear how much the Star Trek star had to pay to join the intergalactic crew (the last flight’s final seat went for over $20 million at auction). The rocket was previously launched in July with four passengers, including Bezos and his brother.
Shatner has not been shy about his desire to fly into outer space. In May of last year, he tweeted out a mocked-up image of him in an astronaut suit, encouraging NASA to send him out. “BTW @NASA – just in case; the suit does fit!” he wrote.
He seemed to hint at his future out-of-this-world travels later that year during a virtual Comic-Con panel that focused on NASA’s Artemis program. “There’s a possibility that I’m going to go up for a brief moment and come back down,” he said, per Space.com.
Bezos himself went up in space in July, along with his brother, spending about ten minutes going up over 66 miles.

Shatner will be the oldest person ever to travel into space. Previously, the oldest person was Wally Funk who was 82 when he went up. The flight wouldn’t last five years, like the mission of the Enterprise, but instead it will run about 15 minutes. It will also be included in an upcoming documentary featuring Shatner.

How cool is this, that he will finally get into space after giving us so many images of space on his show? And that he’s doing it at 90 years old? It shows even at that age, you can still fulfill some pretty amazing dreams.

In the meantime, check out the fact that he also has a brand-new album.

View: https://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/1441251293801156608?s=20
 

flying screwdriver

Veteran Member
I saw this title, and really really hoped Elon was springing for a few high-Earth orbits or a swing around the Moon.

Take a real ride, not a three-minute spurt.
Don’t be a pseudo-naut.

AND...if you gonna be a pseudo-naut:
Please please don’t fly up in a d***k-head rocket.
At least take the virgin that looks like a shuttle.
 

Dennis Olson

Chief Curmudgeon
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I believe it’s called “Canadian bacon” even though it is in fact ham.


And a flight around the moon? Seriously? In another 5-10 years perhaps.
 

Thomas Paine

Has No Life - Lives on TB
First time some asked about Spock He should reply "He's dead _______". Then proceed to tell what what a wonderful guy Leonard Nimoy. Preferably on alive broadcast.
 

AlfaMan

Has No Life - Lives on TB
This flight will definitely add star power to Jeff Bezos's little adventure. I'm not a huge fan of Star Trek or William Shatner (the wife is a HUGE fan, I'm a Space 1999 fan); but I sincerely hope he has a great time in space. You have to give the man credit, and at 90 years old too, wow. That's pretty gutsy.

A neat thing for him to do, in honor of those Star Trek actors that have passed would be to carry a small bit of Leonard Nemoy's, Forrest Kelley's and Scotty's ashes into space with him. And mementos from the still living cast. THAT would be a poignant tribute to the show and to those Trekkies who love them. "The crew of the starship Enterprise" actually going into space-a fitting tribute I'd think.

And it would rekindle interest in space I'd think. Man needs to gain their sense of wonder-seeing the stars of one's favorite TV show growing up actually going into space would certainly do that.
 

TammyinWI

Joyful, Patient, Thankful
Well, there goes the record held by John Glenn:

The first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn made history again when, at the age of 77, he became the oldest person to travel in space. But before he was nationally recognized as a hero, he had put his life on the line for his country many times.
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Despite his advancing age, Glenn was not yet finished with the space program. On Oct. 29, 1998, while still a senator, Glenn made history again when he rode the space shuttle Discovery to become the oldest space traveler. Over the course of nine days, the shuttle orbited Earth 134 times.

 
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