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Star Trek Actor William Shatner to Fly Into Space on Blue Origin Flight

The next Blue Origin flight into space is getting one of the biggest actors in science fiction. William Shatner, the actor who famously played Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, is set to board an upcoming launch on Oct. 12. 

“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 the announcement. 

The launch comes after the successful July 20 Blue Origin flight that sent Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly into space with three other passengers. That launch used a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket to send the passengers soaring 62 miles above the planet, or past the Kármán line, the boundary between the atmosphere and outer space. However, the trip itself only lasted 11 minutes; once past the Kármán line, the passengers returned to Earth.

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