Actor William Shatner — star of the 1960s TV series Star Trek — has blasted off to become the oldest person in space. The 90-year-old was on board a suborbital flight with billionaire Jeff Bezos's company Blue Origin.
William Shatner and his crewmates blasted off on Wednesday from Blue Origin's launch site outside the rural west Texas town of Van Horn.
Shatner played Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series from the 1960s.
Although the show had only three seasons, it was hugely influential in popular culture, and there were also several films in which Shatner also appeared.
"This is a pinch-me moment for all of us to see Capt. James Tiberius Kirk go to space,'' said Blue Origin launch commentator Jacki Cortese ahead of the liftoff.
Shatner's character came to represent humanity as it made its way into the unknown cosmos.
At the opening of each episode of the series, he evoked the idea of space as "the final frontier," promising "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."