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William Shatner, 90, is headed to area on a Blue Origin rocket

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin introduced Monday actor William Shatner, 90, will probably be on the subsequent Blue Origin flight alongside and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice chairman of mission and flight operations, Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries.

The New Shepard NS-18 flight will raise off October 12. The journey will take 11 minutes and soar previous the Kármán Line, the internationally acknowledged boundary of area.

“I’ve heard about area for a very long time now,” Shatner stated in a press launch. “I am taking the chance to see it for myself. What a miracle.”

And it has been a very long time coming. Shatner has been pretending to reside in area because the Nineteen Sixties, when he performed Captain James T. Kirk on the hit tv collection “Star Trek.” He went on to star in seven “Star Trek” movies.

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He is additionally the host and government producer of “The UnXplained” on The Historical past Channel, which explores the inexplicable, together with aliens.

The announcement comes lower than every week after a gaggle of 21 present and former staff at Blue Origin co-signed an essay talking out towards what they describe as a poisonous office the place “skilled dissent” is “actively stifled,” and sure male leaders routinely have interaction in sexist conduct.

In a press release, Blue Origin stated it has “no tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any variety. We offer quite a few avenues for workers, together with a 24/7 nameless hotline, and can promptly examine any new claims of misconduct.” The corporate didn’t reply to requests for remark about particular allegations within the essay.

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