After a slight delay, William Shatner (William Shatner), a well-known actor who played Captain Kirk on the first-generation Enterprise, took off on Blue Origin’s NS-18 mission and broke the flight to space. The oldest record. His previous record holder was the 82-year-old Wally Funk who carried out the first manned flight of New Shepard in July with Jeff Bezos. Other fellow members include Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin, Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, co-founder of Medidata. This is the second of the three flights planned by Blue Origin this year, which means that New Shepard should be seen to be launched again before the end of the year.
William Shatner’s space travel not only fulfilled a dream of his own (and science fiction fans), it also proved that going to space is actually not that heavy on the body-even a 90-year-old with almost no training. The old gentleman can go back and forth easily. This must be extremely helpful for Blue Origin to promote its space tourism services. More importantly, Blue Origin itself has been plagued by negative news during this period of time, there are contract disputes with NASA, the development of BE-4 engine and New Glenn has been delayed, and there are also allegations of extremely poor working conditions, although celebrities cannot go to space. Cover up these negative news, but at least it can divert people’s attention.