William Shatner is about to turn out to be the oldest particular person ever to reach the sting of area on Wednesday, when the 90-year-old “Star Trek” star will climb aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard 4 for the industrial spaceflight firm’s subsequent voyage.
The flight was initially scheduled for Tuesday, however excessive winds near the launch website in Van Horn, Texas, prompted Blue Origin to push it again a day.
Yahoo News will carry a livestream of Shatner’s spaceflight on Wednesday. Coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET, with the launch scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
Who is flying with Shatner?
Shatner is anticipated to be joined by three different passengers: Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vp of mission and flight operations; Glen de Vries, a co-founder of the medical analysis platform Medidata Solutions; and Chris Boshuizen, a NASA researcher turned tech entrepreneur.
Boshuizen and de Vries paid for his or her tickets, which reportedly price greater than $250,000 every. Shatner was invited by Amazon government chairman Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founding father of Blue Origin, who participated within the firm’s first launch with passengers in July.
How far will they go?
Like Blue Origin’s inaugural journey, Wednesday’s suborbital mission will take the crew simply previous the so-called Kármán line (62 miles above Earth, which is acknowledged by some worldwide aviation and aerospace consultants as the brink of area) and final nearly 10 minutes.
How is Shatner feeling in regards to the flight?
“I’m going to see the vastness of space and the extraordinary miracle of our Earth and how fragile it is compared to the forces at work in the universe,” Shatner stated in an interview with NBC’s “Today” present final week. “That’s really what I’m looking for.”
Cover thumbnail photograph: Steven Senne/AP
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