October 22, 2021

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William Shatner’s flight was postponed to Wednesday

William Shatner's flight was postponed to Wednesday

The takeoff, scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, has been postponed by a day due to inclement weather.

William Shatner leaves West Texas with three other passengers.

I plan to keep my nose glued to the window. What I did not want to see was the Gremlin looking at me from the other side, Canadian actor joked in video posted by Blue Origin.

At age 90, he becomes the biggest man to ever reach space.

The decision of Blue Origin to invite one of the most famous astronauts in the science fiction universe is not an innocent one: it should help maintain public interest in the race between many private companies in the field.

Space tourism

In July, just days before British billionaire Richard Branson’s Jeff Bezos, he boarded the New Shepherd Rocket’s first manned spacecraft – the Virgin Galaxy – carrying the same William Shatner.

SpaceX, for its part, sent four astronauts into orbit around the Earth for three days in September, the subject of the Netflix series.

The original series of Star Trek It was discontinued after three seasons, but sequels and more than a dozen films fueled the phenomenon.

Captain Kirk led the five-year mission Explore new strange worlds, discover new lives, other civilizations.

A short trip

His actual journey into space is very short: a total of ten minutes, four of which are at zero gravity. The spacecraft will go slightly above the Karman line, marking the space boundary at an altitude of 100 km, according to the International Conference.

Series Star Trek While solving social problems, in its infancy, America shifted its focus to space occupation.

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The cast was very diverse during the time he was in the American civil rights movement. In 1968, when William Shatner and African-American actress Nichel Nicholas kissed, it was the first kiss between a white man and a man of color on American television.

Tribute to the organization

The series is also linked to the American Space Program. NASA also named one of its shuttles Company, Is like a ship ordered by Captain Kirk.

In the 1970s, Nichel Nicholas created a video recruiting NASA astronauts, especially women and minorities. Other actors attended American agency meetings or provided their voices for documentaries.

For 50 years, Star Trek It has also inspired generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts, In 2016 by American astronaut Victor Glover, in a documentary on the parallels between research in this series and today at the International Space Station.

Another famous lover of Star Trek? Jeff Bezos himself. For example, he explained how Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, was inspired by a computer Star Trek.

The billionaire also did not appear in a movie, not recognized under alien makeup: Star Trek : Unlimited (2016).

William Shatner’s fame, as well as his jokes – in an interview with CNN he predicted that the New Shepherd Rocket would often ridicule its folic appearance. The space program was conceived – Also a welcome diversion for Blue Origin.

Some employees – former and current – allege that the company maintains a working environment Toxicity, Where sexism spreads. In a text published online at the end of September, these employees denounced the lack of staff, resources and extreme pressure to reduce costs and delays, which could affect aviation safety.

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Blue Origin has denied the allegations.