Going where no men has gone before? Make that few men and women. Decades after he last played the role, William Shatner’s going to become a real-life Captain Kirk, on Jeff Bezos’ rocket ship. According to a story broken exclusively by TMZ, the 90-year-old actor is slated to be part of the second crew to take the space flight in the New Shepard capsule. That would make him the oldest person ever to be launched into space.
Shatner has expressed his desire to go into space before. Last year, he shared a photoshopped image of himself in a spacesuit and tweeted it to NASA. He asked if he could join the SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 commercial spaceflight to the International Space Station (via space.com) and tweeted: “Just in case; the suit does fit!”
He also hinted that a trip to space could be on the cards at a panel during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. “There’s a possibility that I’m going to go up for a brief moment and come back down,” he told the audience.