Star Trek’s William Shatner joins Jeff Bezos Blue Origin crew in space
Star Trek’s William Shatner, known for the role of Captain Kirk will become the oldest person to go to space.
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Days after blasting off into space for real, “Star Trek’s” original Captain James T. Kirk will come back to earth to once again “boldly go where no man has gone before.”
The Indiana Comic Convention.
OK, some people have definitely been here before and perhaps the convention center in downtown Indianapolis is no match for the entire universe.
But this year, actor William Shatner, one of Hollywood’s most legendary space explorers, is appearing as a celebrity guest at the convention, Imaginarium Agency confirmed with IndyStar. The company hosts Indiana Comic Con each year to bring together comic book and pop culture fans.
“I’m going to be a ‘rocket man!'” Shatner excitedly tweeted after the announcement of his upcoming voyage. He’s making the trip with Jeff Bezos’ space travel company Blue Origin alongside three other passengers, including the company’s vice president of mission and flight operations.
At the age of 90, the trip will add “oldest person in space” to Shatner’s list of achievements. Even after pretending to live in space for years, he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently he never imagined he’d have this opportunity.
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“Imagine being weightless and staring into that blackness and seeing the earth and — that’s what I want to absorb,” Shatner told CNN. “I want to press my nose up against the plastic window. What I don’t want to see is somebody else out there looking back at me.”
The New Shepard NS-18 flight will blast off from West Texas on Oct. 12, with live coverage of the launch available online. You can watch the launch online beginning at T-90 minutes at BlueOrigin.com. Liftoff is targeted for 9:30 a.m. EDT, according to Blue Origin.
Three days later, Shatner will be in Indianapolis to greet fans.
Photos with Shatner are $100, with sessions available Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. Each ticket allows two adult fans and and up to four children below the age of 16 in the picture, according to the Indiana Comic Convention website.
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Shatner was previously in Indianapolis in 2019 to talk about his career and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” and then again that year to visit the horror and pop culture-themed “Days of the Dead” convention.
This year, hopefully he won’t be too jet lagged.
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