Watch live: Blue Origin rocket launch sends William Shatner into space | DW News


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Watch live: Blue Origin rocket launch sends William Shatner into space | DW News



Billionaire U.S. businessman Jeff Bezos’s company Blue Origin is set for its second suborbital tourism flight today, with Canadian actor William Shatner – who embodied the promise of space travel on the “Star Trek” TV series and films – among the four-person all-civilian crew poised to blast off in Texas.

Shatner, at age 90, is due to become the oldest person ever in space, beating pioneering female pilot, Wally Funk, 82, who also flew with Bezos in July. Shatner will experience a few minutes of weightlessness 60 miles (100 kilometres) from Earth, before returning in the reusable rocket.

He and his crewmates are scheduled for a 9 a.m. (1000 EDT/1530 GMT) takeoff aboard the 60-foot-tall (18.3 meters-tall) fully autonomous New Shepard spacecraft at Blue Origin’s launch site about 20 miles (32 km) outside the rural west Texas town of Van Horn.

Joining Shatner for what is expected to be a roughly 10-minute journey are former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, clinical research entrepreneur Glen de Vries and Blue Origin vice president and engineer Audrey Powers.

Exclusive video courtesy of Blue Origin.

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  1. Shatner is emotionally moved by it, while the others are more interested in selfies and spraying champagne….Thankfully someone with compassion and intelligence was on that mission that truly appreciated it…..

  2. Ahh… going to space!

    The emotional:
    "Yes! A road to space!"

    Meanwhile, on earth…

    Humans:
    "Why can't we civilize this darn place already?"

    What a great show that would be!

  3. There are people that want to let the planet die ( Superman movie ) They want to enslave the People of this planet for MONEY $$$$$$ ( trump )

  4. I'm excited about human spaceflight, but this doesn't seem like news coverage, rather a long ad for blue origin,and their sponsored charity, Club for the future.

  5. One question. Why in a "Every where you go, and everything you do, "video tape it" world", there was "no video tape" of the inside of capsule during flight, or reaction to flight by participants in capsule during flight?