In historic Blue Origin Space Trip, William Shatner Channels Captain Kirk

William Shatner will create history on Wednesday when he embarks on Blue Origin’s New Shepard and boldly travels where few have gone before.

The actor who played Captain Kirk on “Star Trek” appeared on “Good Morning America” on Monday with his fellow flight crew members as they awaited their delayed departure.

Shatner expressed his disappointment, saying, “I was building up the passionate response, and now we have to wait another day.” “But it’s well worth the effort. What’s a day when we’re about to go on this incredible adventure?”

The 11-minute journey to the edge of space, 60 miles above the earth’s surface, comes only two months after Wally Funk, 82, completed the first successful Jeff Bezos-owned space mission.

Shatner, who will be 90 years old when he goes to space, will experience weightlessness in zero gravity for roughly four minutes.

Audrey Powers, a member of the Blue Origin crew, told “GMA” that this journey and chance had been a long time coming.

“They gave me the chance to represent all of those wonderful individuals and sit in the seats, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic,” she added. “I feel a tremendous feeling of obligation to represent this group.”

“This is how invention develops,” said Glen de Vries, a Blue Origin crew member and passenger.

“This is the start of a new era for space exploration, and we’re on the cusp of a curve that’s about to shoot off,” he added. “That’s a metaphor for the journey we’re about to go on together. I’m looking forward to it.”

As the world watches him and the team fly, Shatner expects lots more Captain Kirk allusions.

He laughed and added, “Actually, I haven’t heard Shatner in a long time.”

New Shepard’s 18th mission, NS-18, is scheduled to launch from Launch Site One in West Texas on Oct. 13 at 8:30 a.m. CT.

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