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William Shatner set for takeoff aboard Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin space flight

William Shatner set for takeoff aboard Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin space flight
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While not quite a distant galaxy, Canadian acting legend William Shatner is scheduled to launch Wednesday aboard a rocket and capsule developed by Blue Origin, the private space flight company founded by Amazon (AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos.

Shatner and three other crew members Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, and two paying customers, Glen de Vries and Chris Boshuizen will ride Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket and capsule to the edge of space.

Liftoff is scheduled to occur at 10 a.m. ET from Blue Origin’s launch site in Van Horn, Texas. The flight is expected to last roughly 10 minutes. If successful, it will make Shatner, 90, the oldest person to travel to space and back.

The 10-minute trip comes more than 50 years after Shatner debuted as Capt. James T. Kirk in the original series of “Star Trek.” It also follows in the footsteps of Amazon.com founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos’s own trip to the stratosphere and back this past summer.

Bezos, along with replacement auction winner Oliver Daemen, brother Mark Bezos and aerospace engineer Mary Wallace Funk, in July launched past the Karman line, which defines the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space.

That crew reached an altitude of more than 66 miles above the earth and landed safely back on earth within 7:30 seconds. The capsule holding the four-person crew returned to Earth about 10 minutes after liftoff.

Blue Origin recently won a protective order in the U.S. court of Federal Claims, sealing documents in its lawsuit against NASA, which alleges that the agency didn’t properly evaluate its proposal for the human landing system that it awarded to rival SpaceX, which is run by Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk.

At last check, shares of Amazon were up 0.7 per cent at $3,270 (U.S.) in premarket trading. Tesla stock was up 0.84 per cent at $812.51.
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