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90-year-old actor William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek,” will go into space with Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin on October 12 on the commercial spaceflight company’s second manned flight.

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Shatner, 90, called the ability to go to space “a miracle” and said he was up for the opportunity to “see it for himself”. blue origin announcement.

Actor, who also hosts the History Channel show unexplained, Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations, and will be joined by crew mates Chris Boshuizen and Glenn de Vries.

The group will blast off from West Texas on the New Shepard Shuttle at 8:30 a.m. next Tuesday.

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Bezos traveled to space with his brother on New Shepard in July. His journey was part of the billionaire space race. Richard Branson and his company Virgin Galactic soared into the atmosphere that same month. Although Elon Musk has yet to launch himself into space, his company SpaceX this month shot four civilians into the stars. Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin do suborbital space flights – when a rocket soars to the edge of space for only a few minutes before returning back to the ground.

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Bezos and Musk are also locked in a close battle for the world’s richest man, according to Businesshala real time tracker.

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