It has been confirmed just a while ago that Star Trek star William Shatner will channel his iconic character Captain Kirk and join Blue Origin's next spaceflight that is set to happen this coming October 12. Leading up to his much-anticipated trip to space, the actor has been discussing his thoughts and feelings about the upcoming flight.
Per People.com, while speaking to the audience during a New York Comic-Con panel, the 90-year old award-winning actor shared the story about how he ended up becoming part of the voyage.
"So Jason Ehrlich came to me about a year and a half ago and he said, you know, they're starting to send these rockets up with people into space," Shatner shared. "Wouldn't it be something if Captain Kirk went up there? And I said, 'Jason, for God's sakes, man, nobody cares about Captain Kirk going up into space. You know, it was 55 years ago, by God, man!'"
He continued, "So he continued to sell me on the idea and bless his soul. Blue Origin is the idea." Sometime later, he was finally asked. "All right, how would you like to go up? You'll be the oldest guy in space," he recalled. However, he doesn't want to be only known as the oldest man in space. "I'm bloody Captain Kirk, for God's sake!" he exclaimed.
But when he was asked about what he actually felt about going to space soon. "I'm terrified," he responded. "I'm Captain Kirk, and I'm terrified going to space. You know, I'm not really terrified. Yes, I am. It comes and goes like a summer cold."
Then, he shared to the audience about what he'd like to see once he's in space, "You have three minutes to look into the abscess of space and the beauty of this oasis of Earth, and I was planning on pressing my nose against the window, you know? And my only hope was I wouldn't see somebody else looking back."
It is understandable if Shatner feels terrified about going to space. After all, it's still new territory and the upcoming spaceflight will be Blue Origin's second-ever. But then we can pretty much assume that the team working there has a reliable safety protocol and they have tested everything to make sure that the flight will go well as planned. In the end, it's still a wonderful opportunity and it's just awesome to see that Captain Kirk himself will be going to space (becoming the oldest man ever as a result).
Shatner's upcoming Blue Origin spacelight NS-18 is set to take place this October 12. A live telecast of the mission will be broadcast where we can witness the crew's 10-minute flight.