William Shatner’s Space Flight Delayed

William Shatner’s Space Flight Delayed

William Shatner’s real-life journey into space has been delayed by one day due to weather.

Shatner is famous for his portrayal of Captain Kirk in Star Trek. He was due to make his first real visit to space on Tuesday (October 12) on Blue Origin’s NS-18 spacecraft. The 90-year-old will make the trip as part of a four-person crew.

According to an update from Blue Origin’s operations team, the NS-18 will now take off on Wednesday (October 13).

“Due to forecasted winds on Tuesday, October 12, Blue Origins mission operations team has made the decision to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, October 13,” reads the update. “Liftoff from Launch Site One is currently targeted for 8:30am CDT / 13:20 UTC on Wednesday.”

“As part of today’s Flight Readiness Review, the mission operations team confirmed the vehicle has met all mission requirements and astronauts began their training today. Weather is the only gating factor for the launch window.”

The NS-18 will reach a height of 106km (66 miles), in a journey that will take approximately ten minutes. The journey is considered suborbital as the spacecraft will not quite enter space.

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