Star Trek's Captain Kirk is rocketing into space — for real

Star Trek's Captain Kirk is rocketing into space this month, boldly going where no other sci-fi actors have gone before.

William Shatner, 90, will blast off aboard Blue Origin Oct. 12 as oldest person to fly in space

Canadian actor William Shatner, seen in a 2018 photo, played Star Trek’s Captain Kirk. The 90-year-old is rocketing into space this month aboard a Blue Origin rocket. (Steven Senne/The Associagted Press)

Star Trek's Captain Kirk is rocketing into space this month — boldly going where no other sci-fi actors have gone before.

Jeff Bezos' space travel company, Blue Origin, announced Monday that Canadian actor William Shatner will blast off from West Texas on Oct. 12.

At age 90, Shatner will become the oldest person in space. He'll join three others — two of them paying customers — aboard a Blue Origin capsule. It will be the company's second launch with a crew.

Bezos was on the debut flight in July, along with his brother and the youngest and oldest to fly in space. Shatner will break that upper threshold by eight years.

"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 a statement.

In this 1988 file photo, William Shatner, who portrays Capt. James T. Kirk, attends a photo opportunity for the film "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier." (Bob Galbraith/The Associated Press)

Also flying with Shatner: a former NASA engineer who founded a nanosatellite company; the co-founder of a software company specializing in clinical research; and a Blue Origin employee. The up-and-down space hop will last 10 minutes and reach no higher than about 106 kilometres (66 miles).

While no living sci-fi actors have gone to space, the ashes of James Doohan, the Canadian-born actor who played Scotty on Star Trek, were blasted into orbit aboard a SpaceX rocket in 2012.

WATCH | Blue Origin passengers goof off in space:

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Four passengers aboard Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin spacecraft enjoyed floaty games during a brief period of weightlessness on Tuesday's flight that lasted approximately 10 minutes and reached an altitude of about 106 kilometres. (Blue Origin/Handout)


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