Blue Origin delays William Shatner spaceflight to Wednesday

A Blue Origin flight that will carry Star Trek actor William Shatner into space was delayed to Wednesday due to "forecasted winds" at the West Texas launch site, the company said Sunday. File Photo by Joe Marino/UPI

Oct. 11 (UPI) — The Blue Origin flight set to send “Star Trek” actor William Shatner was delayed until Wednesday due to weather concerns, the space travel company said.

In a tweet Sunday afternoon Blue Origin said the launch was now scheduled to take place at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, due to “forecasted winds” in West Texas on Tuesday, when the launch was originally scheduled.

The aerospace company, founded by Amazon‘s Jeff Bezosannounced last week that Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in the “Star Trek” television series on NBC between 1966 and 1969 would be part of its New Shepard NS-18 crew in the flight this upcoming week.

Shatner, 90, will make history as the oldest person in space — a title recently given to astronaut Wally Funk during a Blue Origin spaceflight in July.

Shatner will be joined on the flight by Blue Origin executive Audrey Powers and crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries.


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