The New Shepard NS-18 ship of the American aerospace company Blue Origin, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, stars on Wednesday in its second flight into space, which will be recorded for a documentary.
The launch is carried out from Launch Site One, facility located in Van Horn, West Texas (USA).
Among the four crew members is the 90-year-old Canadian actor William Shatner, famous for portraying the character James T. Kirk, the captain of the ship Enterprise in the ‘Star Trek’ series and films, which will make him The oldest person ever to travel into space, after pioneering pilot Wally Funk, 82, set a new record last July.
“What a miracle”
“I’ve heard of space for a long time,” Shatner said in a statement released a few days ago. “I take the opportunity to see it with my own eyes. What a miracle,” he added.
It is planned that the flight lasts 11 minutes and pass the Kármán line, the internationally recognized limit of space. Also on the ship are the Vice President of Blue Origin, Audrey Powers and two businessmen: Australian Chris Boshuizen and American Glen de Vries.
The New Shepard carried out its first suborbital flight on July 20 with four people on board: Bezos and his younger brother, Mark Bezos, Funk and the Dutchman. Oliver Daemen, who at 18 became the younger person in reaching weightlessness.
Bezos’s company plans to commercialize its program, sending volunteers into space who decide to see Earth from another perspective. As for the price of the ticket, he has not specified any specific sum, although it is estimated that its cost will amount to a few hundred thousand dollars.
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