Star Trek actor William Shatner to be oldest person in space


Jeff Bezos’ space journey company, Blue Origin, introduced Monday that actor William Shatner, 90, will blast off from West Texas on Oct. 12.

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk will rocket into space this month — boldly going the place no different sci-fi actors have gone. 

Jeff Bezos’ space journey company, Blue Origin, introduced Monday that William Shatner will blast off from West Texas on Oct. 12. 

At age 90, Shatner will turn out to be the oldest person in space. He’ll be part of three others — two of them paying clients — aboard a Blue Origin capsule. It will be the company’s second launch with a crew. 

Bezos was on the debut flight in July, alongside along with his brother and the youngest and oldest to fly in space. Shatner will break that higher threshold by six years.

“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” Shatner stated in an announcement.

The up-and-down space hop will final 10 minutes and attain no greater than about 66 miles (106 kilometers).

Recently Bezos’ Blue Origin has reportedly skilled a little bit of controversy surrounding excessive worker turnover on the comparatively new company. As CBNC reported on Friday, the trigger allegedly surrounds CEO Bob Smith and his insistence and strain to return workers again to the office. 

As CNBC noted, pointing to reported knowledge from sources, attrition on the company, which is a discount in worker numbers due to elements like resignations, has held at a few 12.7% most yearly in accordance to a spokesperson for Blue Origin who communicated with CNBC.

But, as was famous in that very same report, whereas the 12.7% quantity is above the standard attrition for the company, which normally is claimed to hover at round 8-9% per year, a couple of person conversant in the scenario instructed CNBC that attrition for the reason that begin of the calendar year has already gone over 20% for 2021.

An inventory of workers from the upper ranks in the company structure down to the underside have joined what’s being deemed a expertise exodus on the company, multiple outlets have reported, citing varied sources on background. 

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TEGNA’s Douglas Jones contributed to this report.