Star Trek legend William Shatner to head into space with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin

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Star Trek legend William Shatner is set to head into space for real at the age of 90.

It comes as the movie legend, who is famous for playing Captain Kirk on the beloved space-exploring Sci-Fi show, has been announced as a member on Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin.

Blue Origin is an American aerospace company which was founded by billionaire Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.

At 90 years of age, Shatner will break records as he'll become the oldest person ever to fly into space.

In a cheeky reference to his famous Star Trek days, Shatner said: "I've heard about space for a long time now. I'm taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle."

The big launch has been scheduled for October 12, and it will see Shatner flown up into space on a tourist spaceflight.

Joining Shatner on the mission, called NS-18, will be Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations alongside a crew of four.

The Hollywood star's trip into space will be Blue Origin's second human spaceflight with its tourism and research rocket, New Shepard.

Fans will also be able to watch the flight as it's being broadcast via a live webcast, and coverage is due to begin from 8am on the day of the launch.

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