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    Default Jeff Bezos Sending William Shatner Into Space

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-58792761

    Captain Kirk: Bezos' Blue Origin to send William Shatner into space

    Image source, Getty Images
    Image caption, The Canadian actor famously played Captain James T Kirk of the USS Enterprise
    The actor who played Captain Kirk in the Star Trek series is set to embark on a real-life journey into space.


    US tech billionaire Jeff Bezos's space travel company Blue Origin confirmed that William Shatner would be blasting off from Texas on 12 October.


    Aged 90, the actor will become the oldest person to have flown into space.


    "I've heard about space for a long time now. I'm taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle," Shatner said in a statement.


    Shatner will be joining three other people aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket for the company's second human spaceflight.


    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos joined the first crewed flight in July, along with his brother, an 82-year-old pioneer of the space race and an 18-year-old student.


    Media caption, The moment Jeff Bezos and crew launch into space on the first human flight of New Shepard
    As with the previous flight, the October voyage is expected to last about 10 minutes and will take the crew just beyond the Karman Line - the most widely recognised boundary of space which lies 100km (60 miles) above the Earth.


    Blue Origin said its vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers, would also be on board the flight, as well as a former Nasa engineer and the co-founder of a software company specialising in clinical research.


    A Canadian actor, Shatner famously played Captain James T Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the original Star Trek TV series in the 1960s, and later appeared in films of the franchise.


    Reports in 2013 said he had turned down Sir Richard Branson's offer to fly him into space with Virgin Galactic - the billionaire's space travel company which took Sir Richard to the edge of space in July.


    Sir Richard told The Sun newspaper at the time it was because Shatner has a fear of flying. But in 2011 the actor said he had turned down the offer because the billionaire allegedly wanted him to pay for the journey.


    "He wanted me to go up and pay for it and I said: 'Hey, you pay me and I'll go up. I'll risk my life for a large sum of money.' But he didn't pick me up on my offer," Shatner told reporters.


    The Star Trek star will not however be the first original cast member to leave the planet.


    Last year The Times revealed that the ashes of James Doohan, who played Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, were smuggled on board the International Space Station in 2008, three years after Doohan's death.


    New Shepard, built by Bezos' company Blue Origin, is designed to serve the burgeoning market for space tourism.


    Dubbed "NewSpace", an increasing number of entrepreneurs are joining in the race to create cheap, commercialised space travel.


    Bezos's Blue Origin hit headlines in recent days after 21 current and former employees claimed it had ignored safety concerns to gain an advantage in the space race, and complained of a culture of sexism.


    Blue Origin rejected the charges and said it stands by its safety record.

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    Time to put a law in place that makes every celebrity who goes into space stay there.


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    If this is real, this who 'space marketing gimmick' that these guys are jumped on is becoming a joke. Even though ponytail white ppl living in historically black neighborhoods have made this type of talk cringy, capitalism really does make a parody out of everything it touches lol.

    used car sales pitch science, oh no he didn't ass press, boop look what I can do science, drive through marriage, companies convincing you to sell girl toys to your sons to double the market base ass activism, lets blow out expensive shit up wars, saw dust as an active ingredient in food, you all have something that requires my medication ass medicine.

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    lets just make it again ass movies, lets give the useless black 'you meant to tell me' ass character a spin off, instead of making music, lets just have people do sexual antics on twitter and put their spotify link there ass music

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    ^ You have a point, but this is a clever symbolic move for the space industry.

    If we're not going forwards we're going backwards. Might as well keep going.

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    We still can't make it off our own planet. TSA is right. This is all marketing for their business but we should focus on man missions to Mars and potentially long-term space travel. If not, we're wasting our time and money
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    I believe that space travel should remain a government only thing (like the army ect). I know that NASA was using private companies to continue their space program, until they build a new space shuttle or something? But these tech billionaires are ruining it IMO? I mean Elon Musk sent a friggin car into space (That’s absurd).

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    Happy for him. There’s no one lore deserving than someone who has always embodied space and it’s possibilities. Amazing gift to give someone in their old age.

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    This is the dry humping version of space travel. They donít break orbit.

    Itís like a really high roller coaster for rich people who have money to waste.

    Not impressive to me. Itís not like we donít have rockets that have already done this.

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    william shat is gonna beat the meat up there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dooch View Post
    This is the dry humping version of space travel. They donít break orbit.

    Itís like a really high roller coaster for rich people who have money to waste.

    Not impressive to me. Itís not like we donít have rockets that have already done this.
    You're right. We still haven't been able to travel to other planets, so we aren't making real progress here. Our objective should be Mars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IrOnMaN View Post
    You're right. We still haven't been able to travel to other planets, so we aren't making real progress here. Our objective should be Mars.
    The likelihood is that if they sent people on a rocket to Mars right now, it would be a disaster. You need to really think of every possibility and have money to burn to make that happen.

    But some great unforeseen innovation is always around the corner.

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