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William Shatner Rides Blue Origin Rocket to Space and Back


William Shatner gained worldwide notoriety playing a spaceman on TV, and now he’s become one for real. The Star Trek actor was among three other passengers on a Blue Origin rocket on Wednesday. The flight went off without a hitch, delivering Shatner and his fellow passengers to space and returning them safely to Earth. 

Blue Origin is one of three companies that have begun offering expensive tickets to space. Elon Musk’s SpaceX recently had its first all-civilian leisure cruise in the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Meanwhile, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has started flying to the edge of space in its SpaceShipTwo planes. And then there’s the New Shepard rocket that Blue Origin used to send Captain Kirk into space. 

Unlike the SpaceX Dragon, New Shepard is not an orbital spacecraft. Instead, it shoots straight up, reaching an altitude of around 66 miles (106 kilometers). That’s just ...


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