CAPTAIN Kirk is poised to boldly go where no Starfleet captain has gone before – at least in real life.
William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series, will fly to the edge of space on Wednesday on Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket.
The 90-year-old will become the world's oldest astronaut when he lifts off with three other crew members from West Texas for a ten-minute flight.
The trip aboard a willy-shaped rocket called New Shepard is scheduled for 2:30pm UK time (9:30am EST). You can watch it live on YouTube, here.
The spacecraft was built by Blue Origin — the space company founded by Star Trek fan Bezos, the world’s richest man.
The Amazon founder, 57, was launched into space on it in July — but the trip was ridiculed as his vessel resembled a giant penis.
Shatner, who famously said “to boldly go where no man has gone before” at the start of each episode, revealed last week: "I’ve heard about space for a long time now.
"I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle."
Star Trek’s William Shatner, 90, will become oldest astronaut in history TODAY aboard Blue Origin rocket
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