The crew of Blue Origin's NS18 mission.
Space tourism company Blue Origin plans to make its second crewed flight ever on Wednesday, this time carrying William Shatner, the alter ego of one of the most iconic space travelers ever.
The first flight of a New Shepard rocket with humans aboard launched July 20 and carried company founder and mega-rich guy Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk and student Oliver Daemen on a quick trip to space. This time around the headline passenger is the iconic 90-year-old veteran actor best known for playing James T. Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise in the Star Trek universe.
"I've heard about space for a long time now," Shatner said cheekily in a statement last week. "I'm taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle."
The mission, dubbed NS18, is set to liftoff at 6 ...
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