Star Trek legend William Shatner will be the oldest person to go into space today.
The 90-year-old Captain Kirk actor is portrayed on the historic Blue Origin space flight by Audrey Powers, Dr. Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries accompanied.
the New Shepard flight lasts about 10 minutes, during which time passengers experience a brief period of weightlessness while observing the curvature of the earth from space.
CONTINUE READING: How much does it cost to travel to space and when can the public do Blue Origin space flights?
But who have been the oldest and youngest people to go into space to this day? Here is everything you need to know.
Who is the oldest person to fly into space?
Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, will soon become the oldest person to fly into space.
He will succeed the previous record holder and Blue Origin passenger Wally Funk, who visited space in July this year at the age of 82.
Funk is a famous aviator who volunteered to be a member of the Mercury 13 program in 1961.
The privately funded Women in Space program was launched in the hope that NASA would begin training women for some of their early space missions.
She is a skilled pilot who has completed more than 19,600 hours of flight time and has taught more than 3,000 people how to fly commercial and private aircraft.
Who is the youngest person to go into space?
Oliver Daemen, a teenager from the Netherlands, was the youngest person to go into space when he flew with Jeff Bezos on the Blue Origin NS-16 flight in July.
The then 18-year-old also became Blue Origin’s first paying customer after his investor dad bought his ticket.
Daemen took the place of a mysterious bidder who won his ticket in an auction for $ 28 million but had to rearrange himself for a future mission due to “planning conflicts”.
When will William Shatner go into space and how can you watch Blue Origin launch live?
William Shatner’s Blue Origin flight departs at 9:00 a.m. local time (3:00 p.m. UK time) from a launch site in the Texas desert.
The space flight will last approximately 10 minutes, with the entire event being streamed live via Blue Origins Youtube channel.
Live coverage of NS-18, New Shepard’s 18th mission, begins 90 minutes before the scheduled start time, which means British viewers can tune in to the live feed from 1:30 p.m. CEST.
Stay up to date on days out, going out, shopping and more with our Daily news by email.