Before taking off from the Texas desert, the 90-year-old said he can’t wait to see Earth from a whole new perspective. , expecting to be “spellbound” by the sight.
Shatner, who played famed Captain James T Kirk in the Star Wars franchise , hitchhiked with three others in the Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule, developed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
The trip is expected to take around 10 minutes, which will hopefully give Shatner plenty of time to admire the “beauty” of Earth from space as he climbs to a maximum altitude of just over 100 km. (60 miles).
In a video posted to Twitter by Blue Origin ahead of her “adventure,” the star said, “ I’m going up in space, I don’t know how many people can say that.
“ It changes life in its own way – not because of the adventure in the air, but because of the people I meet and talk to. “
Shatner continued, “We’re only at the beginning, but how miraculous that beginning is. How extraordinary it is to be part of this beginning.
“There is this mystique of being in space and much closer to the stars and of being weightless .
“I will be fascinated by the sight of space. I want to look at this orb and appreciate its beauty and toughness. ”
He added, “There is an adventure in my life that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t. ”
Shatner is traveling with Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin, Chris Boshuizen , who co-founded earth-imaging satellite company Planet, and Glen de Vries, executive of French healthcare software company Dassault Systèmes .
The four have had a few days of training, but since the New Shepard rocket is fully automatic, they should mostly be able to sit back and enjoy the ride.
However, Blue Origin’s flight director Nicholas Patrick said the you need to know what to do in an emergency and to recognize the bumps and normal noises of space traveling.
The former NASA astronaut added, “The third thing the training does is teach the crew how to behave in Zero G; how to move around the cabin without bumping or kicking yourself; which handles to use; the kinds of things they can expect and their response to it . “