At 90 Actor William Shatner Will Fly Into Space Out Of Van Horn
After portraying the fictional character as Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the Star Trek media franchise, actor William Shatner will rocket into space via Van Horn.
Shatner (aka Captain Kirk) will not be beamed up by Scotty or board the starship USS Enterprise to go Where No Man Has Gone Before; instead, the Hollywood actor will travel to space in real-life courtesy of Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin's New Shepard.
William Shatner initially was set to visit El Paso in 2020 as the main headliner for the EP Comic-Con; however, the pandemic ultimately canceled the event. Now the Star Trek actor will be in the area when he travels to space next week.
Founder of Blue Origin and billionaire Jeff Bezos recently announced that Shatner would be on the next flight to space as part of a four-person crew. At 90, the nonagenarian will become the oldest person and first thespian to ever travel to space.
Shatner will launch into space on October 12, 2021, aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft. Liftoff is set for 9:30 a.m. EDT / 7:30 (MST) from Blue Origin's Launch Site One out of Van Horn, less than 2 hours from El Paso, TX.
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Shatner's flight follows the 55th anniversary of "Star Trek," which debuted on TV on September 8, 1966, and on the heels of the actor's latest album "Bill," an autobiographical collection of spoken word pieces.
And keep a lookout for Mr. Shatner; who knows, we might end up spotting him at the favored celebrity restaurant, the L&J Cafe.