Watch William Shatner blast into space on Blue Origin

'Star Trek' actor to board 'New Shepard' rocket on Wednesday

Star Trek actor William Shatner will boldly venture into outer space on Wednesday morning, decades after making his first appearance as Captain James T Kirk.

The mission comes three months after US billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos first made the trip to space on a ship built by his Blue Origin company.

How to watch online

What: Launch of Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft

When: Wednesday, October 13, at 9.30am EST / 2.30pm BST / 5.30pm GST

Where: Blue Origin's launch site near Van Horn, Texas

Stream: Watch the live stream on YouTube

Boldly going

Wednesday's flight is expected to last about as long as Blue Origin's inaugural mission with Mr Bezos, which took a little over 10 minutes.

At age 90, Shatner will be the oldest person to ever visit space.

Even though he is a seasoned – fictional – space explorer, Shatner is still a bit nervous about the flight.

“I'm Captain Kirk and I'm terrified of going to space,” he said while appearing on a Comic-Con panel last week.

The three other crew members joining Shatner include: Chris Boshuizen, a former Nasa engineer; Glen de Vries, a clinical research entrepreneur; and Audrey Powers, a Blue Origin vice president and engineer.

Updated: October 13th 2021, 1:38 PM